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Title: A framework of supply chain learning as advanced form of inter-organizational collaboration
Authors: Lambrechts, Frank 
Bouwen, René
Grieten, Styn 
Taillieu, Tharsi
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: MOPAN, Wageningen University
Source: Dewulf, A. (Ed.). Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks, p. 42-42
Series/Report: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks
Series/Report no.: 19
Abstract: Supply chain learning (SCL) as reciprocal learning between interdependent partners becomes increasingly important for joint system optimization and development in highly complex business situations. There is a growing consensus that the overall effectiveness and development of a supply chain is a function of the willingness and capacity of its individual partners to build and sustain reciprocal learning relationships through which new knowledge and value is co-created . Increasingly, inter-organizational entities or collaborative task-systems are being set up in supply chains in order to collaborate on complex and open-ended problems/opportunities The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for understanding how SCL can be successfully developed and sustained. We look at SCL as “reciprocal inter-firm learning” , defined as learning where the knowledge and expertise of co-operating parties blends to jointly solve problems, take advantage of opportunities, develop new shared knowledge, or structure new developments. The reasons for collaboration are task-related, but the parties share the process intention to do this in a learning way: there is a willingness to spend time and effort together to learn jointly and improve the way this learning is done while working on a common task. In this learning mode, each supply chain partner acts as a co-inquirer and co-creator within a peer relationship characterized by reciprocity between the parties’ contributions.
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Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
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