Vertical Collaboration and Horizontal Collaboration in Supply Chain

  • Maria Jesus SaenzEmail author
  • Eduardo Ubaghs
  • Alejandra Isabel Cuevas
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Operations Research book series (BRIEFSOPERAT)


Collaboration in supply chains has been defined as occurring when “two or more independent companies work jointly to plan and execute supply chain operations with greater success than when acting in isolation” (Simatupang and Sridharan 2002). It can occur in many ways and is commonly divided into two main categories (see Fig. 3.1): (1) vertical, when collaborating with customers, internally (across functions), service providers and with suppliers; and (2) horizontal, between different supply chains when cooperating with competitors and with non-competitors (Barrat 2004).


Supply Chain Absorptive Capacity Alliance Partner Independent Company Logistics Service Provider 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Jesus Saenz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eduardo Ubaghs
    • 2
  • Alejandra Isabel Cuevas
    • 3
  1. 1.Zaragoza Logistics CenterZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Thermal ServicesAlstom (Switzerland) Ltd.BadenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Hewlett-PackardZaragozaSpain

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