Faculty Publications

Title

Contingency theory "fit" as gestalt: An application to supply chain management

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Contingency theory, Organizational fit, Supply chain

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review

Volume

44

Issue

6

First Page

955

Last Page

969

Abstract

The research applies the "fit" as gestalt perspective to supply chain management. Constructed on clustering supply chain information technology and organizational structure variables, six archetypes are identified: (1) Simple, Low Performers; (2) Market Performers; (3) Average Players: Large and Old; (4) Internally Integrated Low Performers; (5) Masters of Efficiency: Technocratic, Complex, and Decentralized; and (6) Two-time Winners. The archetypes differ in terms of performance not only because of their unique supply chain information technology and organizational structure attributes, but also because of how the selected set of attributes "fits" the context of the firm. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.tre.2007.05.012

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