Why Knowledge Acquisition is Important to Effective Supply Chain Management: The role of Supply Chain Managers As Knowledge Acquisitors

Gareth White, Ademola Afolayan, Rachel Mason-Jones

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    Abstract

    The acquisition of knowledge either by organisations or individuals is considered
    critical to the success of the organisation in a dynamic and uncertain business environment. Likewise, the acquisition of knowledge in supply chain is seen to be of great advantage to the complex activities that goes on in the supply chain, where it is difficult to forecast demand and therefore maximise competitive advantage. Despite data, information, knowledge and knowledge sharing being critical to the success of supply chain, there are dearth of studies exploring how knowledge is acquired. This paper explores the importance of knowledge acquisition for effective supply chain management. In doing so, supply chain managers are conceptualised as either active acquistors of knowledge, and thereby potential sources of competitive advantage, or merely passive recipients of data and information. We argue that to achieve improved supply chain
    management performance supply chain managers need to engage in active knowledge acquisition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventBritish Academy of Management Conference 2016: Thriving in Turbulent Times - Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sep 20168 Sep 2016
    https://www.bam.ac.uk/sites/bam.ac.uk/files/BAM2016_Programme.pdf

    Conference

    ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference 2016
    Abbreviated titleBAM 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityNewcastle
    Period6/09/168/09/16
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    Keywords

    • knowledge acquisition
    • supply chain
    • managers
    • knowledge

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