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Purpose – This paper aims to review logistics and supply chain management topics where theories have been applied to better understand the supply chain management (SCM) discipline identity. The purpose is threefold: to identify research topics in logistics and supply chain management where one or more theories have been examined; provide commentary on the theories that have been applied to the various logistics and SCM research topics; and to provide reference material and direction for future research. Design/methodology/approach – This structured literature review (SLR) examines research papers in logistics and SCM from 1991 to 2015 published in eight leading academic journals. Papers in the data set are grouped by topic and further analyzed in terms of research method, purpose, year and journal. Findings – This research categorizes papers by the topics that were studied to understand important insights about how these topics have been examined by researchers. Within each topic area, theories that researchers have used to investigate the topics are identified. This method exposes insights such as: how topics have evolved over time, which topics have lost prominence, which topics may be particularly promising for future research and how topics are treated in the literature. Originality/value – Despite multiple calls for clarification regarding how theory has been used in logistics and SCM, the logistics and SCM disciplines continue to grow without adequate research on how theory has been used to examine SCM topics. This SLR therefore provides a broad compilation of logistics and SCM research that uses named theories and that is organized by SCM topic to better understand the SCM discipline.
A future research agenda
First, SCM researchers should be careful not to commit errors of exclusion and inclusion which was done by researchers in IS. In other words, because SCM is an interdisciplinary field, researchers must be careful to address only topics that are central to SCM and not to stray into topics better suited to SCM’s reference disciplines like sociology or psychology. Second, as disciplines grow and researchers become excited about exploring new topics, the topics that are “central” properties of the discipline often receive less theoretical development. Central topics in SCM like inventory, logistics and transportation have recently been the subjects of less research, a fact that should raise the attentiveness of the academy, if not some warning flags. As the marketing discipline grew, central topics of that discipline, like physical distribution and pricing, received less focus and were addressed by other disciplines, namely logistics and finance, respectively. Third, this SLR has examined named theories, however there are other sources of theory-based research in SCM which need to be examined in more detail. This includes qualitative theories, such as grounded theory, which seek to develop new theory. Future research could undergo a wider examination of established, prominent or dominant theories in SCM by including research based on grounded theory and other qualitative methods. Also, dissertation research from recent scholars from several disciplines that study SCM (e.g. Logistics, Operations Management and Industrial Engineering) should undergo a similar SLR and be examined for trends, gaps and a general, collective understanding. Fourth, because of the many new and expanding topics of SCM there are ample opportunities for seminal contributions on each of these topics. Examples of these expanding topics include sustainability, agility, reverse logistics and metrics.