Supply Chain Management

Key Concept

            In the modern economic environment, businesses cannot compete when operating as independent entities but have to play as active members of a more comprehensive network with other companies and relationships. Supply-chain management is a hostile environment undergoing rapid changes, especially with advancements in communication and technology (Saberi et al., 2018). Modern businesses are currently affected by the availability of raw materials, speed of delivery, and customer demands. These factors are continually changing, which lender supply chains vulnerable to global risks. Due to this ever-changing scenario, I have developed a curiosity to understand the factors challenging the industry, related issues, its possible future outcomes.


            From the course readings, supply chain management is discussed within quality, dependability, speed, and cost. These aspects have been used to dictate global supply chains’ design, including logistics, supplier management, and global sourcing. Further external readings from Ben-Daya, Hassini, & Bahroun (2017) have discussed the impact of the internet on global supply chain management.


Other studies have shifted the focus to green supply chains and the future challenges of managing the trends (Tseng et al., 2019). In the total quality management (TQM), the supply chain environment’s significance is essential in making supply chains sustainable. Corporations are experiencing challenges with green practices, some of which are expensive to adopt and sustain. There is pressure in the industry, especially from civil society (Suryanto, Haseeb, & Hariyatie Hartani, 2018). However, technological innovations and the rapid changes in logistics management are helping adopt greener practices, which should be sustainable in the long-term.

Other factors affecting the industry are based on technological advancements in the blockchain evolution and disruption. The blockchain technology has been evaluated to help the global government and community create sustainable supply chains (Saberi et al., 2018). Blockchain technology involves a distributed database of records and private/public ledgers shared in a digital environment. The tech system is decentralized, has high audibility, and is secure.

Article Summary

In the “Internet of things and supply chain management: a literature review” by Ben-Daya, Hassini, & Bahroun (2017), the role of the internet of things and its impact on supply chain management are explored. The article covers different processes and definitions of applications that facilitate effective supply chain management. In the conceptualization of the impact, analytical and empirical study models are used to evaluate data. Most of the studies investigated focused on supply chain processes for the food manufacturing industry from the findings. However, the study found that global supply chains are essential in all sectors. More research is needed in other sectors of the economy dependent on global supply chains. Therefore, future research can focus on implementing the internet of things interventions into global supply chains.

According to Ben-Daya, Hassini, & Bahroun (2017), companies in the global chain management systems will have to develop high resilience levels and build on their capacity to mitigate risks. In that regard, they should structure their management in a flexible format that quickly adapts to fundamental changes in the business environment. Therefore, organizations must build effective relationships in their industry to be well placed in dealing with various management processes’ internal integration. In that regard, effective decision-making and improvement of communication are required.

Biblical Integration

            In the Bible, supply chain management is discussed in the broader breadth. For instance, in 2nd Corinthians 9:10, the verse talks about the supply of food to those that supply seeds to the sower. It notes that when the harvests multiply, the supplier will gain even more supplies. In Exodus 16:4-18, the verse talks about the supply of food during Moses’s journey and the Israelites in the wilderness. Additionally, 1st Corinthians 14:40 dictates that all things should be done decently and in order, which means that all logistical planning should be strategic. Therefore, these laws should be applied to deliver better services in the global supply chain.


            In the modern business environment, supply chain management has been applied to reduce manufacturing costs and budgets worldwide. Also, it has enabled organizations to optimize their management to efficiency. As manufacturing activities move closer to the source of raw materials, global markets realize the economic value and competitive advantage in organizations. With the increased use of technology, these processes have only become simpler. Therefore, most businesses have witnessed the abolishment of barriers that hindered global trade, where businesses can source their goods from different parts of the world. Most of the credit will go to the policy rectifications on marketing and technological advancements.

Annotated Bibliography

 Tseng, M. L., Islam, M. S., Karia, N., Fauzi, F. A., & Afrin, S. (2019). A literature review on green supply chain management: Trends and future challenges. Resources, Conservation and Recycling141, 145-162.

            In this study, a review of the literature is conducted in green supply chain management. The study selects 880 papers from Scopus and Web of Science databases and evaluates them on metadata. The study finds a declining trend in the analysis of barriers to green supply chain management. Therefore, a conceptual model is presented on the topic, and further explorations are suggested.

Suryanto, T., Haseeb, M., & Hartani, N. H. (2018). The correlates of developing green supply chain management practices: Firms level analysis in Malaysia. International Journal of Supply Chain Management7(5), 316.

            The paper investigates the integration of TQM systems in enhancing green SCM systems. The study found relationships between variables and perspectives at different levels of industry management. The study evaluated the sources of superior performance within an organization when powered by global logistics.

Saberi, S., Kouhizadeh, M., Sarkis, J., & Shen, L. (2019). Blockchain technology and its relationships to sustainable supply chain management. International Journal of Production Research57(7), 2117-2135.

            In the global supply chain, control and management is a challenge. In this study, the distributions of digital ledger technology as a form of governance have shown the ability to enhance traceability, security, and transparency. Therefore, future research can address the barriers to entry for blockchain in supply chain management.

Koberg, E., & Longoni, A. (2019). A systematic review of sustainable supply chain management in global supply chains. Journal of cleaner production207, 1084-1098.

            This study is a systematic review of literature where structured content analysis is conducted. The research evaluates articles published within 15 years and performs a rigorous examination. Extensive connections between suppliers and focal firms managed through third-parties or directly were established, which would serve in sustainable development.


Ben-Daya, M., Hassini, E., & Bahroun, Z. (2019). Internet of things and supply chain management: a literature review. International Journal of Production Research57(15-16), 4719-4742.

Tseng, M. L., Islam, M. S., Karia, N., Fauzi, F. A., & Afrin, S. (2019). A literature review on green supply chain management: Trends and future challenges. Resources, Conservation and Recycling141, 145-162.