The Digital Supply Chain

The Digital Supply Chain

1st Edition - June 24, 2022

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  • Editors: Bart MacCarthy, Dmitry Ivanov
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916141

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The Digital Supply Chain is a thorough investigation of the underpinning technologies, systems, platforms and models that enable the design, management, and control of digitally connected supply chains. The book examines the origin, emergence and building blocks of the Digital Supply Chain, showing how and where the virtual and physical supply chain worlds interact. It reviews the enabling technologies that underpin digitally controlled supply chains and examines how the discipline of supply chain management is affected by enhanced digital connectivity, discussing purchasing and procurement, supply chain traceability, performance management, and supply chain cyber security. The book provides a rich set of cases on current digital practices and challenges across a range of industrial and business sectors including the retail, textiles and clothing, the automotive industry, food, shipping and international logistics, and SMEs. It concludes with research frontiers, discussing network science for supply chain analysis, challenges in Blockchain applications and in digital supply chain surveillance, as well as the need to re-conceptualize supply chain strategies for digitally transformed supply chains.

Key Features

  • Covers both theoretical and practical points-of-view
  • Contains material that readers from different backgrounds and disciplines will find informative
  • Examines digital practices and challenges in-depth across a wide range of sectors
  • Provides up-to-date, critical insights on the design, management and control of digitally connected supply chains
  • Written by experts with strong backgrounds in the field


Supply chain management, logistics and digital business researchers and graduate students. Supply chain leaders, supply chain and logistics managers, data scientists, engineers, and consultants

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Introduction

    1. The Digital Supply Chain – Emergence, Concepts, Definitions, and Technologies
    Bart MacCarthy and Dmitry Ivanov

    Part 2. Digital Building Blocks and Enabling Technologies

    2. Digital Manufacturing - The Evolution of Traditional Manufacturing Toward an Automated and Interoperable Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem
    Dimitris Mourtzis, John Angelopoulos and Nikos Panopoulos

    3. Smart Warehouses – A Sociotechnical Perspective
    Sven Winkelhaus and Eric H. Grosse

    4. The Internet of Things (IoT) - An Emerging Paradigm to Support the Digitalization of Future Supply Chains
    Hamed Baziyad, Vahid Kayvanfar and Aseem Kinra

    5. The Cloud, Platforms, and Digital Twins – Enablers of the Digital Supply Chain
    Gongtao Zhang, Bart L. MacCarthy and Dmitry Ivanov

    6. Algorithms, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence - Harnessing Data to Make Supply Chain Decisions
    Xavier Brusset, Davide La Torre and Jan Broekaer

    7. The Impact of Digitalization on Contemporary and Future Logistics
    Stephen Pettit, Yingli Wang and Anthony Beresford

    8. Blockchain Technologies for the Digital Supply Chain
    Horst Treiblmaier, Abderahman Rejeb and Wafaa A.H. Ahmed

    Part 3. Managing the Digital Supply Chain

    9. Digital Architectures: Frameworks for Supply Chain Data and Information Governance
    Konstantina Spanaki, Erisa Karafili and Stella Despoudi

    10. Supply Chain Traceability Systems – Robust Approaches for the Digital Age
    Kitty Kay Chan

    11. Digital Purchasing and Procurement Systems: Evolution and Current State
    Karsten Cox

    12. Measuring and Managing Digital Supply Chain Performance
    Ashish Kumar Jha, Nishant Kumar Verma and Indranil Bose

    13. The Art of Cyber Security in the Digital Supply Chain: Detecting and Defending against Vulnerabilities in your Supply Chain
    Sang Yoon Cha

    Part 4. Digital Supply Chain Sectoral Cases

    14. Digital Retail – Key Trends and Developments
    Lina Zhang and Mikko Hänninen

    15. Digitalization in the Textiles and Clothing Sector
    Rudrajeet Pal and Amila Jayarathne

    16. Digitalization in Production and Warehousing in Food Supply Chains
    Fabio Sgarbossa, Anita Romsdal, Olumide Emmanuel Oluyisola andJan Ola Strandhagen

    17. Automotive Supply Chain Digitalization: Lessons and Perspectives
    Nathalie Fabbe-Costes and Lucie Lechaptois

    18. Digitalization of the International Shipping and Maritime Logistics Industry- The TradeLens case.
    Wafaa A.H. Ahmed and Alexa Rios

    19. How Can SMEs Participate Successfully in Industry 4.0 Ecosystems?
    Guilherme Brittes Benitez, Néstor Fabián Ayala and Alejandro Germán Frank

    Part 5. Research Frontiers in the Digital Supply Chain

    20. Network Science for Supply Chain Analysis - Theory, Methods, and Empirical Results
    Guven Demirel

    21. Deployment Considerations for Implementing Blockchain Technology in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Matthew Liotine

    22. Digital Supply Chain Surveillance - Concepts, Challenges and Frameworks
    Alexandra Brintrup, Edward Elson Kosasih, Bart MacCarthy and Guven Demirel

    23. Sustainability and the Digital Supply Chain
    Ahmad Beltagui, Breno Nunes and Stefan Gold

    24. Re-conceptualizing Supply Chain Strategy for the Digital Era: Achieving Digital Ambidexterity through Dynamic Capabilities
    Eric Lambourdière, Elsa Corbin and Jérôme Verny

Product details

  • No. of pages: 462
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: June 24, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916141

About the Editors

Bart MacCarthy

Bart L. MacCarthy is Professor of Operations Management at Nottingham University Business School. He teaches at Executive, MBA, and Masters levels in operations, supply chain, and project management. His research spans the analysis, modelling, and management of operational systems and supply chains, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Current research interests include the evolution of supply chains, and the impact of digitalization, cloud-based systems, platforms and Blockchain technology on the discipline of Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has published widely in the Operations, Supply Chain, and Management Science literatures. He is Vice-President of the Decision Sciences Institute with responsibilities for Europe, is European Editor for the International Journal of Production Economics, and Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Operations Management, University of Nottingham, UK

Dmitry Ivanov

Dmitry Ivanov is Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is Deputy Director and executive board member of Institute for Logistics, and Faculty Director for the MA in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management. He has taught for more than 20 years in operations management, supply chain management, logistics, management information systems, and strategic management at undergraduate, master’s, PhD, and executive MBA levels at universities worldwide in English, German, and Russian. His research explores structural dynamics and control in complex networks, with applications to supply chain resilience, scheduling in Industry 4.0 systems, supply chain simulation, risk analytics and digital supply chain twins. He has been Chairman, IPC and Advisory Board member for over 50 international conferences in supply chain and operations management, industrial engineering, control and information sciences where he has organized numerous tracks and sessions. Prior to becoming an academic, he was engaged in industry and consulting for process optimization in manufacturing, logistics and ERP systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany

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