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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1359-8546

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Information sharing and collaboration practices in reverse logistics


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Title:Information sharing and collaboration practices in reverse logistics
Author(s):Festus O. Olorunniwo, (Department of Business Administration, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA), Xiaoming Li, (Department of Business Administration, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Citation:Festus O. Olorunniwo, Xiaoming Li, (2010) "Information sharing and collaboration practices in reverse logistics", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 15 Iss: 6, pp.454 - 462
Keywords:Communication technologies, Information exchange, Supply chain management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13598541011080437 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate how the use of information technology (IT) and supply chain management initiatives (information sharing and collaboration) impact a company's performance in reverse logistics (RL).

Design/methodology/approach – A survey based on a previous exploratory research and literature review was sent out to 600 US companies having substantial activities in RL. Issues addressed in the survey, such as IT types deployed, IT operational attributes, information sharing, and collaboration, involve multiple parties in multi-tier RL networks, extending beyond a simple buyer-supplier dyad.

Findings – The results revealed that the type of IT used per se did not have a differential impact on a company's performance in RL. However, IT operational attributes positively affected RL performance and information sharing and collaboration are critical to RL performance.

Practical implications – Investment in IT alone cannot improve a company's performance; managers should take full account of IT attributes when deciding IT in RL. IT operational attributes tend to support one another – an improvement in one would lead to improvements in the others. With no exception in RL, companies need to share information and collaborate with their partners.

Originality/value – The paper reports an empirical survey of the IT use and collaboration practices in RL, and provides insights into the relationships and impacts of IT, RL operational attributes, information sharing, and collaboration on one another as well as on RL performance.



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