A special issue of International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations
Advances in Information Technologies have transformed the way organisations interact with each other, and with their customers. Customers and organisations have become more demanding, desiring customised products and services that are made to their precise needs, at comparatively cheaper costs, and within a time-compressed environment. The last two decades have also witnessed a constantly changing business environment wherein revolutionary technologies are resulting in creation of innovative products with shorter product life cycles, whilst being constant pressure to reduce lead times.
In response, best practice organisations have recognised that they cannot compete alone. Today supply chains compete. Furthermore, the exploitation of knowledge across the supply chain is fundamental to business optimisation. Organisations have accepted and recognised that in the dynamic modern day business environment, knowledge is the prime resource for providing an organisation with a sustainable competitive advantage. Consequently, to enable organisations to respond to this dynamic environment, new management paradigms such as: (1) knowledge management and (2) supply chain management have evolved.
In this special edition, we seek to explore the role of knowledge management in the supply chain. What are the current trends in supply chain management? How effective are current knowledge creation/acquisition, knowledge codification, and knowledge transfer mechanisms among supply chain partners? What are the drivers of supply chain modelling and simulation and what are the critical success factors? What new approaches and skills are required for supply chain managers? What are the barriers to effective customised logistics operations and supply chains and how might these be overcome?
This special issue aims to provide a forum for addressing these questions. Two types of papers are solicited:
- Theoretical research papers that provide original work on current trends and issues in supply chain management and knowledge management.
- Applied research papers that deal with the design, implementation and evaluation of supply chain management and knowledge management solutions
- Agility, responsiveness and customer-focused supply chains
- Communication and information technology
- Customised logistics & supply chains
- Design and development of knowledge management solutions
- Knowledge-enabled global supply networks
- Decision support systems in logistics
- Knowledge creation/acquisition, knowledge codification, knowledge transfer among supply chain partners
- Knowledge management in lean supply chains
- RFID and the impact of real-time data acquisition
- Supply-chain modelling and simulation in supply-chains
- Techniques and methods for managing knowledge across the supply chain
- Empirical and case studies
- Future trends
Extended abstract of no more than 4 pages due: 15 September 2007
Preliminary acceptance/rejection notification: 15 October 2007
Full paper due: 15 January 2008
Final acceptance notification by: 15 March 2008
Camera ready paper due: 15 April 2008