The Configurational Approach in Supply Chain Management

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Summary

A basic element of logistics and supply chain management is the holistic or system view. Following this perspective, especially on a strategic level, supply chain management has to analyze the supply chain as a whole and must not only concentrate on details or specific elements. The configurational approach is one method for realizing this. A configuration is defined as a commonly occurring cluster of strategy, structure, process and context. The following article analyzes how the configurational approach can be applied in supply chain management and provides a critical overview on the different existing configurational approaches in supply chain management.