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Modelling cross-border supply chain collaboration: the case of the Belt and Road Initiative

Modelling cross-border supply chain collaboration: the case of the Belt and Road Initiative
Modelling cross-border supply chain collaboration: the case of the Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has resulted in international, cross-border supply chains returning to a new prominence. The BRI presents opportunities for cross-border supply chain collaboration research. Assessing the influencing factors of cross-border supply chain collaboration is beneficial for understanding and improving this evolving, globally influential international trade policy. The BRI is quite complex so that subjective assessment methods are useful but should be improved. To address this issue, this paper initially develops a cross-border supply chain collaboration factor framework based on synergetic theory. A vague set and DEMATEL methods are integrated to form a unified model to support the assessment. A combination weighting that uses analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and an entropy weighting method, i.e., a data crawler for BRI-related documents, to ensure that objective importance weights of the factors in the Belt and Road context are achieved. The results show that information sharing, profit allotment, the degree of trust and goal congruence as common drivers of supply chain collaboration are not driving factors in the Belt and Road cross-border context. They are core issues that do not affect cross-border supply chain collaboration directly. Senior manager support and customs regulation are two important drivers of cross-border supply chain collaboration. The practitioners of cross-border supply chain collaboration should not only focus on the support from senior managers and customs regulation but also attempt to improve performance, such as information sharing and trust, to obtain more support from senior managers and policy makers to promote cross-border supply chain collaboration indirectly.
0969-6016
Cui, Li
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Gao, Meihua
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Cui, Li
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Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov
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Cui, Li, Gao, Meihua, Sarkis, Joseph, Lei, Zhimei and Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov (2020) Modelling cross-border supply chain collaboration: the case of the Belt and Road Initiative. International Transactions in Operational Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has resulted in international, cross-border supply chains returning to a new prominence. The BRI presents opportunities for cross-border supply chain collaboration research. Assessing the influencing factors of cross-border supply chain collaboration is beneficial for understanding and improving this evolving, globally influential international trade policy. The BRI is quite complex so that subjective assessment methods are useful but should be improved. To address this issue, this paper initially develops a cross-border supply chain collaboration factor framework based on synergetic theory. A vague set and DEMATEL methods are integrated to form a unified model to support the assessment. A combination weighting that uses analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and an entropy weighting method, i.e., a data crawler for BRI-related documents, to ensure that objective importance weights of the factors in the Belt and Road context are achieved. The results show that information sharing, profit allotment, the degree of trust and goal congruence as common drivers of supply chain collaboration are not driving factors in the Belt and Road cross-border context. They are core issues that do not affect cross-border supply chain collaboration directly. Senior manager support and customs regulation are two important drivers of cross-border supply chain collaboration. The practitioners of cross-border supply chain collaboration should not only focus on the support from senior managers and customs regulation but also attempt to improve performance, such as information sharing and trust, to obtain more support from senior managers and policy makers to promote cross-border supply chain collaboration indirectly.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 August 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 443694
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443694
ISSN: 0969-6016
PURE UUID: 0ad0474f-b72d-41e4-855a-c6ca7a4aaf62
ORCID for Simonov Kusi-Sarpong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1618-2518

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Date deposited: 09 Sep 2020 16:30
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:34

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Author: Li Cui
Author: Meihua Gao
Author: Joseph Sarkis
Author: Zhimei Lei

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