A Comprehensive Picture of Smart Supply Chain Management

The proposed research project aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of smart supply chain management (SCM) focusing on logistics and transportation management. Specifically, the project explores the implications of smart supply chains on the modern transportation system  and particularly its impacts on Silicon Valley. To address the main research objective, we raise two major research questions. The first question asks: how do smart supply chains and the modern transportation system interplay? Compared to the traditional supply chain, a smart supply chain is instrumented with product-tracking devices and systems, and is interconnected with objects other than supply chain beneficiaries. It is intelligent in the sense that it facilitates real-time decisions and forecast future scenarios (Butner 2010). The evolving smart SCM faces numerous operating challenges due to the advancement of new technologies and operational processes. For example, to achieve smart transportation, warehouses, terminals, and other components of physical infrastructure, should be integrated with information and communication technology at an affordable cost. The new technologies and processes in the supply chain have substantial implications on logistics and transportation management that have yet to be comprehensively studied (Wu et. al 2016). Thus, Study 1 will be a review of existing logistics/transportation management literature and practices in order to identify unexplored implications of smart SCM on transportation management. Based on this review of the smart SCM and transportation management literature, we will develop conceptual frameworks to address and gain familiarity with needed research topics for the evolving smart SCM. Aligned directly with the first study, the second research question asks: which smart SCM relevant topics are the most impactful in Silicon Valley? In the context of SCM, Silicon Valley has   unique regional characteristics. For example, many tech-oriented or start-up companies are located in this area, where the most advanced and innovative technologies are frequently presented. This characteristic may require a different understanding of or approach to companies’ supply chain and transportation management. Especially, the growth rate of investment in “smart city” would be higher than any other urban areas in the U.S. For that reason, the general research topic in smart SCM may not be wholly appropriate in Silicon Valley. To explore this possibility, Study 2 will focus on smart SCM and the corresponding transportation system in Silicon Valley. On top of the delineated framework in Study 1, various smart SCM topics focused on Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area will be assessed to obtain a more comprehensive model of the modern SCM. 

Principal Investigator: 

Dr. Seung Jun Lee & Dr. Tianqin (Kelly) Shi

PI Contact Information: 

seungjun.lee@sjsu.edu / tianqin.shi@sjsu.edu
San José State University


July 2018

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