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Defense supply chain collaboration: An exploratory study and empirical framework

David Loska, Nicholas Rich Orcid Logo, Tegwen Malik Orcid Logo, Stefan Genchev

Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics

Swansea University Authors: Nicholas Rich Orcid Logo, Tegwen Malik Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1108/JDAL-10-2023-0012

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Considering the size and intricate nature of defense supply chains (DSC), there exists a need for a conceptual understanding regarding the precise dynamics of collaboration among the various participants engaged in these chains. This paper seeks to address the gap by investigating the practices that...

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Published in: Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics
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Abstract: Considering the size and intricate nature of defense supply chains (DSC), there exists a need for a conceptual understanding regarding the precise dynamics of collaboration among the various participants engaged in these chains. This paper seeks to address the gap by investigating the practices that enable or inhibit collaborations and the development of new competencies to effectively employ a flexible response to temporary or more sustained surges in demand. Ultimately, the study aims to develop a theoretical framework relevant to the practical implementation and scholarly examination of contemporary military supply chains.Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 51 DSC professionals in 7 embedded cases within an enterprise framework. The resulting transcripts were analyzed using constructs and concepts from a supply chain logistics (SC/L) literature analysis and synthesis relevant to our research purpose. Finally, the results were validated by an industry focus group with 12 participants representing the government, military, industry, and academia.This research produced empirical generalizations that provide in-depth and systematic exploratory insights into collaboration's meaning and characteristics within the DSC context. This study culminates by introducing a conceptual model and definition of defense supply chain collaboration (DSCC) and concludes by proposing future research directions.This study makes a novel and empirical contribution to the SC/L body of knowledge by investigating embedded cases through unique access to informants within an enterprise framework that focuses on the antecedent influencing factors of collaboration within the contextual domain of the DSC and positions a future research agenda.
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences