Data supply chain (DSC): Research synthesis and future directions
journal contributionposted on 2017-10-26, 13:17 authored by Konstantina Spanaki, Zeynep Gurguc, Richard Adams, Catherine Mulligan
In the digital economy, the volume, variety and availability of data produced in myriad forms from a diversity of sources has become an important resource for competitive advantage, innovation opportunity as well as source of new management challenges. Building on the theoretical and empirical foundations of the traditional manufacturing Supply Chain (SC), which describes the flow of physical artefacts as raw materials through to consumption, we propose the Data Supply Chain (DSC) along which data are the primary artefact flowing. The purpose of this paper is to outline the characteristics and bring conceptual distinctiveness to the context around DSC as well as to explore the associated and emergent management challenges and innovation opportunities. To achieve this, we adopt the systematic review methodology drawing on the operations management and supply chain literature and, in particular, taking a framework synthetic approach which allows us to build the DSC concept from the preexisting SC template. We conclude the paper by developing a set of propositions and outlining an agenda for future research that the DSC concept implies.
This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC -Research Councils UK) under Grant EP/K039504/1.
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