Supply Chains: An Organization Theory Perspective

By Inder Jit Singh Mann, Vinod Kumar, Uma Kumar and Hanuv Mann.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the evolving phenomenon of supply chains in light of organization theory. This paper is a theoretical commentary, which looks at the traditional ways of understanding organizations; and considers supply chains, taking into account the aforementioned different approaches used to understand organizations. Using generally accepted definitions of organization in literature, the paper attempts to ascertain the ways in which supply chains mimic monolithic organizations. It is found that, with growing integration, supply chains increasingly resemble monolithic organizations though some significant differences still remain. The paper also finds that this complex organizational structure of supply chains and their associated organizations has important consequences. It, therefore, makes a significant contribution to the literature. This paper will be useful for academics as it highlights some perspectives, which have not received the attention of current organization theory. The paper also suggests a new perspective for the study of the supply chain as an evolving form of the organization. This article will be useful for practitioners as well because it explicates some important consequences of supply chains.

Keywords: Organization Theory, Supply Chain Management, Organizational Structure

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp.81-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.360MB).

Inder Jit Singh Mann

PhD Student, Sprott School of Business, Carleton Univeristy, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Vinod Kumar

Professor, Sprott School Of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Uma Kumar

Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hanuv Mann

MBA Student, Sprott School Of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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