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Undertaking supply chain management research: philosophy and practice

Nunes, Breno; Bennett, David; Weaver, Miles


Breno Nunes

David Bennett


Stephen Childe

Anabela Soares


This chapter addresses both philosophical and practical issues when undertaking research in Supply Chain Management (SCM). Key issues in all research phases (design, plan, and execution) prior to publication of a PhD thesis are discussed and illustrative examples are given. While the examples should not be seen as an endorsement of research findings, nor as research advice; they give an idea of how doctoral researchers who successfully completed their degree have described how they designed, planned, and implemented their research project. In its final sections, the chapter also reflects on what counts as a contribution to theory and how SCM research can benefit from philosophical assumptions despite being a very practical discipline.

Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 23, 2022
Publication Date Oct 18, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2022
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Pages 71-85
Series Title Handbooks of Research Methods in Management series
Book Title Handbook of Research Methods for Supply Chain Management
ISBN 978 1 78897 585 8
Keywords Supply chain methods; Supply chain methodology; Supply chain research; Supply chain philosophical assumptions
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