Literature Reviews in Supply Chain Management and Logistics
The objective of this e-book was to generate systematic literature reviews in the field of logistics and supply chain management. As Meredith (1993, p. 8) states, systematic literature reviews are responsible for “integrating a number of different works on the same topic, summarizing the common elements, contrasting the differences, and extending the work in some fashion.” Through robust and structured methodologies (Denyer and Tranfield, 2009; Rousseau et al., 2008; Smithey, 2012) our ulterior motive was to set an agenda for future research on important SCM and logistics topics. Accordingly, the articles in this e-book identify new gaps in the literature, raise new research questions and develop propositions for further investigation. We were particularly insistent that authors offered directions for future research and thus detailed directions and propositions are advanced within each paper. We are positive that the goals articulated at the outset of this endeavor have been achieved. We also believe that this e-book will prove to be rather useful for researchers interested in conducting systematic literature reviews in the future. While there is significant overlap in methodology utilized in these papers, there are also some idiosyncratic aspects.
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