African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094

Full Length Research Paper

A taxonomy of supply chain innovations

  Ayfer Başar, Nihan Özşamlı, Alp Eren Akçay, Gökçe Kahvecioğlu and Gürdal Ertek*      
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabanci University, Orhanli, Tuzla, 34956, Istanbul, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011

Abstract

 

In this paper, a taxonomy of supply chain and logistics innovations was developed and presented. The taxonomy was based on an extensive literature survey of both theoretical research and case studies. The primary goals are to provide guidelines for choosing the most appropriate innovations for a company, and help companies in positioning themselves in the supply of chain innovations landscape. To this end, the three dimensions of supply chain innovations, namely the goals, supply chain attributes, and innovation attributes were identified and classified. The taxonomy allows for the efficient representation of critical supply chain innovations information, and serves the mentioned goals, which are fundamental to companies in a multitude of industries.

 

Key words: Supply chain innovations, logistics innovations, supply chain technology, service innovations, supply chain taxonomy, innovation taxonomy.