A Review on Supply Chain Coordination: Coordination Mechanisms, Managing Uncertainty and Research Directions

  • Kaur Arshinder
  • Arun Kanda
  • S. G. Deshmukh
Part of the International Handbooks on Information Systems book series (INFOSYS)


The Supply Chain (SC) members are dependent on each other for resources and information, and this dependency has been increasing in recent times due to outsourcing, globalization and rapid innovations in information technologies. This increase in dependency brings some extent of risk and uncertainty too along with benefits. To meet these challenges, SC members must work towards a unified system and coordinate with each other. There is a need to identify the coordination mechanisms which helps in addressing the uncertainty in supply chain and achieving supply chain coordination.

A systematic literature review is presented in this paper to throw light on the importance of SC coordination. The objectives of this paper are to: Report and review various perspectives on SC coordination issues, understand and appreciate various mechanisms available for coordination and managing SC uncertainty and identify the gaps existing in the literature. Perspectives on various surrogate measures of supply chain coordination have been discussed followed by the scope for further research.


Coordination mechanisms Supply chain coordination Supply chain coordination index Supply chain uncertainty 



The authors are grateful to the reviewers and the whole editorial team of International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier for constructive suggestions and for considering our paper for publication. The authors are also thankful to the referees of Springer’s Research Handbook Series on “Innovative Schemes for Supply Chain Coordination and Uncertainty” for the comments and suggestions to improve the quality of our paper.


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  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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