An empirical taxonomy of supply chain management practices

Antony Paulraj, Injazz J. Chen, Augustine A. Lado

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We develop an empirical taxonomy of supply chain management (SCM) practices grounded in the capability-based view. Three groups-transactional SCM, translational SCM, and relational SCM-were identified using cluster analysis of data collected from over 200 U.S. manufacturing firms. We explain the differences among these groups and their relationship to improvements in supplier and buyer performance. Finally, we discuss implications for research and practice in SCM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-244
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Business Logistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Buyer/supplier performance
  • Cluster analysis
  • Organizational capability
  • Relational view
  • Supply chain management configurations
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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