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Introducing the paradox theory in logistics and SCM research - examples from a global sourcing context
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Logistics, ISSN 1367-5567, E-ISSN 1469-848X, Vol. 20, no 5, p. 459-474Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to introduce and explore the use of paradox theory in a logistics and SCM research context. Although logistics and SCM scholars as well as practitioners have been aware about the existence of paradoxes, they have so far lacked a more formal theoretical framework for further identification and classification of these. Framed in the four general paradox classes of learning, belonging, organising and performing, the paper outlines paradoxes inherent in the global sourcing practices of two case companies. The findings demonstrate the paradox theory to be a useful tool for a systematic illumination and classification of paradoxes valuable for practitioners, researchers as well as teachers in the domain of logistics and SCM. The paradox theory may also help to identify and emphasise inconsistencies among different research fields. This is particularly valuable for research areas built upon multiple research disciplines such as global sourcing. In conclusion, the paper suggests that the paradox theory offers a new lens through which an organisation could be better explored, described and understood.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 20, no 5, p. 459-474
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Paradox; theory development; case study; global sourcing
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139923DOI: 10.1080/13675567.2017.1280007ISI: 000406507800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139923DiVA, id: diva2:1135180
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Funding Agencies|Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation; Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council

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