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Supply Chain Management in the Latin-American business environment - opportunity or necessity?

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Logistics Management

Supply Chain Management in the Latin-American business environment – opportunity or necessity?”

In the Supply Chain Management (SCM) discipline, much development has emerged around collaboration and management. Many SCM academics share a common ground in buyer and supplier relationships and agree that good relationships require mutuality and collaboration. Further, firm behavior and performance in SCM processes have be-come a principle topic in management research during the last decades. Many papers have shed light on the functioning of SCM processes, their drivers and constraints, and have recognized SCM as crucial for business success (Cao and Zhang, 2011; Pradab-wong et al., 2015; Skippari et al., 2017). Yet, because SCM relationships and processes in practice arise out of a distinct time and space, they are not necessarily based on the same concepts or share the same commitments.
Including relationships between suppliers, manufacturers and customers, a supply chain can be seen as an effective network of firms performing activities in a particular prod-uct/service value chain (Stevenson, 2007). The supply chain firms have constructed fi-nancial, environmental and social strategies, which should help them improve their prof-its, market position and image in society. SCM is a central factor that have the potential to play an important role in corporate strategies (Fowler and Hope, 2007). However, the strategic role of relationships among Supply Chain Partners are not always clear and may vary from geography to geography.
Today, SCM research is mostly focused on Western industrial economies and on fast-growth countries in Asia. Only few studies have shown the particular features affecting SCM in a Latin American environment. Such studies point to problems such as high costs, insufficient satisfaction of client needs, lack of reliability and performance of ser-vice providers and quality of services (Sandoval Chavez et al., 2016). Other challenges include logistics problems in main nodes with transport, customs and custom brokers as well as difficulties in information exchange, whereby data does not flow with the speed, accuracy and certainty that the system as a whole needs (Gil Gaytan, 2017). To under-stand the background of these problems better, the region’s particular features and the effects that recent policies and strategies have on firm behavior and supply chains must be studied from different angles and theoretical perspectives.
This special issue aims to contribute to current literature on SCM by studying the chang-es and persistence of SCM strategies in Latin American firms. Our objective is to com-pile high-quality new research results on firm behaviors in SCM relationships and pro-cesses from diverse themes and methodologies, offering a valuable synthesis that may serve Latin American researchers, managers and all interested in global logistics and supply chain management.
The purpose of this special issue is to publish work that will significantly enhance the theoretical, methodological and empirical understanding of SCM in Latin America as well as to contribute to the state of the art of knowledge on logistics and SCM of the region. Within the scope of this special issue, potential themes for individual submissions could include:
•    Logistics Management
•    Logistics and supply chain innovation
•    Integration and collaboration
•    Lean and agile supply chains
•    Corporate Social Responsibility and Supply Chain Management
•    Risk Management
•    Supply chain efficiency and effectiveness
•    Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
•    Value chain strategies
•    Cultural and institutional aspects of logistics and SCM in Latin America
•    Origin and evolution of Supply Chain Management in Latin America
•    Resilience in Supply Chain
•    Hospital Supply Chain
•    Services Supply Management
•    International logistics management within Latin America
•    Agro business Supply Chain
•    Digital Supply Chain
•    Supply Chain and Information and Communications Technology
•    Supply Chain Analytics
We invite empirical and conceptual papers for submission. The expected year of publication for this special issue is 2020/2021.

Timeline and Submission instructions

Submissions are due by January 31, 2020. It is highly recommended that manuscripts go through a professional English proof reading before submission. All manuscripts will undergo a double-blind review process. Articles should be a maximum of 10000 words in length. This includes abstract, all text, references and appendices. Articles should follow the manuscript requirements presented on the Author Guidelines outlined on the journal’s website here.
For questions regarding this special issue, please contact any of the guest editors: Marek Michalski ([email protected]); Nubia Milena Velasco Rodriguez ([email protected]) or Pedro Palominos ([email protected])


Guest Editors:

Marek Michalski
Business School
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Nubia Milena Velasco Rodriguez
School of Management
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Pedro Palominos
University of Santiago, Chile | USACH
Departamento de Ingeniería Industria


Cao, M. and Zhang, Q.Y. (2011), “Supply Chain Collaboration: Impact on Collaborative Advantage and Firm Performance”, Journal of Operations Management, Vol.29 No.3, pp.163–80.
Fowler, S.J., and Hope. C. (2007), “Incorporating Sustainable Business Practices into Company Strategy”, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol.16 No.1, pp.     26-38.
Gil Gaytán O.L. (2017), “La logística: clave para la competitividad global de las     pe-queñas y medianas empresas del estado de Jalisco en México”, Paakat: Revista de Tec-nología y Sociedad, No.11(6).
Pradabwong, J., Braziotis, C., Pawar, K.S. and James Tannock, J. (2015), “Business
process management and supply chain collaboration: a critical comparison”, Logistics Research, Vol.8 No.6, pp.1-20.
Sandoval Chávez R., Hinojosa Escajeda, J.D. and Sandoval Chávez, M.G. (2017),“Calidad de los servicios logísticos”, Revista Iberoamericana de Contaduría,     Economía y Administración, Vol. 6 No.11.  
Skippari, M., Laukkanen, M. and Salo, J. (2017), "Cognitive barriers to collaborative
innovation generation in supply chain relationships", Industrial Marketing Management, Vol. 62 No. Abril. pp. 108-117.
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