Special Issue "Collaborative Supply Chain Networks"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Lorenzo Ros-McDonnell
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Economics, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, 30202, Cartagena, Spain
Interests: sustainable food supply chains, urban logistics, mobility
Assoc. Prof. Maria Victoria De-la-Fuente

Guest Editor
Department of Business Economics, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, 30202, Cartagena, Spain
Interests: sustainable food supply chains, urban logistics, mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, companies are forced to compete on a global level and have to face continuous changes to cope with the following situations:

  • Increasingly competitive global markets with increasingly demanding customers;
  • Economic fluctuations that challenge companies into major structural changes;
  • Reduced life cycles of products, which for many companies means that their chances to survive depend largely on their innovative capacities;
  • The necessity of sharing information effectively among companies that work jointly, in order to get a quicker response.

Collaborative relationships among companies emerge as a response to all these problematic situations. The optimal management of collaboration becomes increasingly relevant when we focus on small and medium-sized companies, which are not able at an individual level to compete or even access the global market. However, if they were able to create a collaborative network model they would be able to obtain a competitive advantage over other larger companies. In this Special Issue, we will invite researchers to present new designs of logistic networks focusing on collaborative relationships, for example, designing new collaborative processes and all the inter-company relationships arising from them.

Sustainability will lunch a new Special Issue devoted to “Collaborative Supply Chain Networks”; the aim of this Special Issue is to share ideas, innovation, theories, models, technologies, applications, and tools in the collaborative supply chain for the industry among the scientific community. The collaborative supply chain is seen as a promising combination that will transform the flow of products between manufacturing facilities and users.

We want to offer researchers and practitioners from various disciplines that constitute the scientific field of the collaborative supply chain network the opportunity to work on promising lines of research and to publish their developments in this area.

Prof. Lorenzo Ros-McDonnell
Assoc. Prof. Maria Victoria de-la-Fuente
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Collaborative Supply Chain Networks
  • Logistic Networks
  • Supply Chain Collaboration: strategies and relationships among companies
  • Collaborative platforms: people, capacities, infraestructure and technologies
  • Collaborative Supply Chain solutions: new designs and models

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A Negotiation Approach to Support the Strategies Alignment Process in Collaborative Networks
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2766; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072766 - 01 Apr 2020
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This paper proposes a negotiation approach to support the strategies alignment (SA) collaborative process. The negotiation approach is presented as a complementary mechanism to deal with the SA process. The strategies alignment negotiation approach (SA-NA) considers three different levels of collaboration, which differ [...] Read more.
This paper proposes a negotiation approach to support the strategies alignment (SA) collaborative process. The negotiation approach is presented as a complementary mechanism to deal with the SA process. The strategies alignment negotiation approach (SA-NA) considers three different levels of collaboration, which differ by the accurateness of information and amount of data exchanged among the collaborative enterprises. Accordingly, three negotiation processes are proposed, equivalent to the three collaboration levels identified. This paper describes from a conceptual and mathematical point of views the phases of the SA-NA to carry out at each collaboration level. The SA-NA enables users to identify aligned strategies to be activated by the collaborative network (CN) partners. The main aim of the SA-NA is to identify those aligned strategies that satisfy all the CN enterprises, allowing users to achieve the objectives and performance levels required at the enterprises’ level while the network performance is maximized. The SA-NA enables CN partners to negotiate and achieve a suitable solution for all the CN enterprises, promoting sustainable collaboration among the partners participating in the CN through the activation of aligned strategies. Full article
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A Strategies Alignment Approach to Manage Disruptive Events in Collaborative Networks
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2641; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072641 - 26 Mar 2020
Cited by 2
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Enterprises of the supply chain are currently embedded in dynamic and turbulent environments, having to deal with the appearance of disruptive events. When an enterprise is affected by a disruptive event, the consequences of the disruption not only impact in the enterprise itself, [...] Read more.
Enterprises of the supply chain are currently embedded in dynamic and turbulent environments, having to deal with the appearance of disruptive events. When an enterprise is affected by a disruptive event, the consequences of the disruption not only impact in the enterprise itself, but also influences on the other partners of the network to which it belongs. Thus, disruptive events exceed the capability of individual actors, impacting on the network performance. Consequently, network partners have to collaboratively make decisions to soften the negative impacts on the performance. In this regard, after a disruption takes place, network enterprises should be aware of activating a set of sustainable and resilience strategies that attenuate the performance loss and reduce the disruption recovery time. Nevertheless, the diverse nature of disruptions means that a wide range of varied and sometimes contradictory strategies can be formulated, resulting in conflict situations among the collaborative network (CN) partners. The current paper proposes an approach that makes it possible to collaboratively manage the strategies to activate when a disruptive event occurs, so that the selected strategies are aligned. The strategies alignment approach, proposed in the paper, makes it possible to select those strategies that have a positive impact, or a minimum negative impact, on the objectives defined, not only in the enterprise itself, but also in the objectives defined by the rest of CN partners. The alignment of strategies makes it possible to reduce the performance level loss when a disruption takes place. Thus, the strategies alignment approach aims at activating those strategies that maximize the performance of the CN, achieving levels of performance equal or higher than the levels previous to the disruption, limiting the adverse effects produced by the disruptive events, and contributing to a more sustainable–resilient CN. Finally, in order to validate the proposal, a case study is presented. The proposed model is validated to deal with a drop in demand due to a political embargo, in a textile CN. Full article
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Supply Chain Contracts under New Product Development Uncertainty
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6858; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236858 - 02 Dec 2019
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New product development has been serving as a growth engine for companies; given this background, the innovation of suppliers that possess new technologies for new products has been a significant subject for manufacturers, particularly in high-tech industries. However, the technology uncertainty associated with [...] Read more.
New product development has been serving as a growth engine for companies; given this background, the innovation of suppliers that possess new technologies for new products has been a significant subject for manufacturers, particularly in high-tech industries. However, the technology uncertainty associated with the supplier’s development capability may become a considerable obstacle to new product development projects. In this paper, we further develop an analytical model that has been widely applied in the economics literature and examine two representative supply chain contracts, a revenue-sharing contract and a cost-sharing contract, for new product development through upstream innovation under technology uncertainty. We confirm that the supplier’s development capability has a significant impact on contract feasibility. The revenue-sharing contract helps to attain a higher new product quality level and profit for the supply chain. Furthermore, we explore the relationship between a manufacturer and a supplier concerning the performance of the new product development project. Adopting a Nash bargaining model, we analyze the two supply chain contracts under a cooperative relationship in which the manufacturer and supplier cooperatively determine the sharing portion of the revenue or cost. For both contracts, compared with the unilateral relationship, the cooperative relationship leads to a lower manufacturer profit, but a higher new product quality and a higher supply chain profit. Full article
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Evolutionary Game Analysis on Knowledge-Sharing Behavior in the Construction Supply Chain
Sustainability 2019, 11(19), 5319; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11195319 - 26 Sep 2019
Cited by 6
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With the increasingly fierce global competition, supply chain members have to collaborate to respond to constant changes. Efficient knowledge sharing is the basis for the collaborative operation of the supply chain. Combined with evolutionary game theory, this paper studies the evolution path and [...] Read more.
With the increasingly fierce global competition, supply chain members have to collaborate to respond to constant changes. Efficient knowledge sharing is the basis for the collaborative operation of the supply chain. Combined with evolutionary game theory, this paper studies the evolution path and stable strategies of knowledge-sharing behavior between construction supply chain enterprises, analyzing the factors that influence the establishment of a knowledge-sharing alliance. A numerical simulation is conducted to verify theoretical results and the effects of parameter adjustments on behavioral evolution. The results indicate that under different income relationships, knowledge-sharing behavior in construction supply chains presents different evolutionary trajectories. In addition, the probability of accepting the sharing strategy is positively correlated with the penalty coefficient, incentive coefficient, trust level, and synergy coefficient and negatively correlated with cost. This study provides a new perspective and theoretical guidance for establishing stable knowledge collaboration between enterprises and promoting the sustainable development of the construction supply chain. Full article
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