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Evaluating Supply Chain Collaboration Barriers in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
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UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
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School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Idiano D’Adamo
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7449; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137449
Received: 2 June 2021 / Revised: 29 June 2021 / Accepted: 29 June 2021 / Published: 2 July 2021
The disruption has a significant impact on supply chain collaboration (SCC) which is an important task to improve performance for many enterprises. This is especially critical for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We developed a decision-modeling framework for analyzing SCC barriers in SMEs for the emerging economy in Bangladesh. Through literature review and expert opinion survey, we have identified a comprehensive list of SCC barriers under four main categories, namely, information-related, communication-related, intra-organizational, and inter-organizational barriers. Then we applied the Grey DEMATEL and Fuzzy Best-Worst methods to evaluate these SCC barriers and compared the results. We also conducted a sensitivity analysis to assess the robustness of the proposed approach. The study reveals that lack of communication is the most crucial barrier in SCC, providing a model for assessing barriers in other emerging economies. This study contributes to the literature by analyzing SCC barriers and by comparing the results obtained from two different MCDM methods. The findings of this study can help decision-makers to plan for overcoming the most prioritized SCC barriers which ultimately contribute to improving the resilience and sustainability performances of SMEs. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain collaboration; resilience; small- and medium-sized enterprises; grey DEMATEL; fuzzy best-worst method supply chain collaboration; resilience; small- and medium-sized enterprises; grey DEMATEL; fuzzy best-worst method
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Mahmud, P.; Paul, S.K.; Azeem, A.; Chowdhury, P. Evaluating Supply Chain Collaboration Barriers in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7449. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137449

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Mahmud P, Paul SK, Azeem A, Chowdhury P. Evaluating Supply Chain Collaboration Barriers in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Sustainability. 2021; 13(13):7449. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137449

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Mahmud, Priom, Sanjoy K. Paul, Abdullahil Azeem, and Priyabrata Chowdhury. 2021. "Evaluating Supply Chain Collaboration Barriers in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises" Sustainability 13, no. 13: 7449. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137449

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