Evaluating Supply Chain Management: A Methodology Based on a Theoretical Model

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Alexandre Tadeu Simon
Luiz Carlos Di Serio
Silvio Roberto Ignacio Pires
Guilherme Silveira Martins


Despite the increasing interest in supply chain management (SCM) by researchers and practitioners, there is still a lack of academic literature concerning topics such as methodologies to guide and support SCM evaluation. Most developed methodologies have been provided by consulting companies and are restricted in their publication and use. This article presents a methodology for evaluating companies’ degree of adherence to a SCM conceptual model. The methodology is based on Cooper, Lambert and Pagh’s original contribution and involves analysis of eleven referential axes established from key business processes, horizontal structures, and initiatives & practices. We analyze the applicability of the proposed model based on findings from interviews with experts - academics and practitioners - as well as from case studies of three focal firms and their supply chains. In general terms, the methodology can be considered a diagnostic instrument that allows companies to evaluate their maturity regarding SCM practices. From this diagnosis, firms can identify and implement activities to improve degree of adherence to the reference model and achieve SCM benefits. The methodology aims to contribute to SCM theory development. It is an initial, but structured, reference for translating a theoretical approach into practical aspects.


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Simon, A. T., Serio, L. C. D., Pires, S. R. I., & Martins, G. S. (1). Evaluating Supply Chain Management: A Methodology Based on a Theoretical Model. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 19(1), 26-44. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-7849rac20151169