Optimal strategic alliance in multi‐echelon supply chains with open innovation

Madjid Tavana, Hannan Amoozad Mahdiraji, Moein Beheshti, Ali Asghar Abbasi Kamardi

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We propose a game‐theoretic approach to examine several possible coalition strategies in a four‐echelon supply chain consisting of a supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer. A solitude model is used to probe the role of learning in quality improvements, and experimental design is conducted to evaluate all possible supply chain coalition strategies between echelons. The novelty of this study is the comprehensive evaluation of knowledge‐sharing strategies in collaborative supply chains. The results confirm that the Delta model with a coalition among a supplier, manufacturer, and retailer is the best strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1365-1384
Number of pages20
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number7
Early online date4 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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