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The application of digital twin technology in operations and supply chain management: A bibliometric review

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posted on 09.12.2021, 16:09 by Roy MeritonRoy Meriton, Rajinder Bhandal, Richard Kavanagh, Anthony BrownAnthony Brown
Application of digital twin to optimise operations and supply chain management functions is a bourgeoning practice. Scholars have attempted to keep pace with this development initiating a fast-evolving research agenda. The purpose of this paper is to take stock of the emerging research stream identifying trends and capture the value potential of digital twin to the field of operations and supply chain management.
In this work we employ a bibliometric literature review supported by bibliographic coupling and keyword co-occurrence network analysis to examine current trends in the research field regarding the value-added potential of digital twin in operations and supply chain management.
The main findings of this work are the identification of four value clusters and one enabler cluster. Value clusters are comprised of articles that describe how the application of digital twin can enhance supply chain activities at the level of business processes as well as the level of supply chain capabilities. Value clusters of production flow management and product development operate at the business processes level and are maturing communities. The supply chain resilience and risk management value cluster operates at the capability level, it is just emerging, and is positioned at the periphery of the main network. These clusters variously help to shed light on the value-added potential of digital twin in operations and supply chain management.
This is the first study that attempts to conceptualise digital twin as a dynamic capability and employs bibliometric and network analysis on the research stream of digital twin in operations and supply chain management to capture evolutionary trends, literature
communities and value-creation dynamics in a digital-twin-enabled supply chain.



  • Loughborough University London

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Supply Chain Management




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Dr Roy Meriton. Deposit date: 9 December 2021