Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
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Supply Chain Networks

  • Dirk Pieter van Donk
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_278



Supply chain network

A set of interconnected organizations that produce value

Supply chain integration

Cooperation between members of a supply chain network


A supply chain network can be defined as a set of interconnected organizations whose different processes and activities produce value (following Slack and Lewis 2011, p. 144), which is closely related to the definition of supply chain (management) by Christopher (2011) defined as the management of “a network of connected and interdependent organisations mutually and cooperatively working together to control, manage and improve the flow of goods and materials and information from suppliers to end users” (p. 19). In other words, it is the network of organizations that are involved, through upstream and downstream linkages, in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of...

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Recommended Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department OperationsFaculty of Economics and Business, University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jacob Dijkstra
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  1. 1.Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology / Department of SociologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands