Vol. 7 No. 2 (2014): July - December

In this issue of the Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, we have ten articles that cover relevant areas of our field. 

This issue starts with the paper of Ascef, Ferrer and Mullins (2014), which uses Kuhnian analysis to explain the evolution of Supply Chain Management (SCM) from its origins. The following papers then focus on different SCM aspects. 

The paper  of Rocha, Souza and Filho (2014) presents the results of a case study conducted to understand how the lean principles can be used during new product development to improve product design and customization. The paper of Aljunaidi and Ankrah (2014) also further explores the aplications of lean concepts. The authors show, through case-based research, the extent to which lean ideals are applicable in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry. Brito & Carvalho (2014) analyze supply chain governance in a footwear cluster. The work of Miguel & Reis (2014) offers a new perspective on supply chain coordination, by showing role played by institutional and historical factors. These insights result from qualitative data collected at the Brazilian Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. The next paper “Operations in the context of urban mobility: Evaluating the Performance of the Deliveries to Small Retailers” uses Stated Preference Technique to identify the logistic performance attributes that customers see as relevant in distribution process in urban areas. We also have the technical note of Negi (2014) that describes the fruit and vegetables supply chain in India analyzing its efficiency.


The issue then presents three contributions on a growing area within the SCM field: sustainable supply chains.  The paper of Abdala and Barbieri (2014) uses data from a survey and exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis to identify the pressures and environmental practices involved int he management of sustainable supply chains. Then, the paper “An Integrated Decision Model for Selection of Third Party Recovery Facilitator (3PRF) for Product Recovery Operations” dedicates attention to a new trend in sustainable supply chain management: the outsourcing of recovery operations to Third Party Recovery Facilitators (3PRF). To make a contribution in this sense, it combines the Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) and ELECTRE III methodologies to develop a model on how to choose Third Party Recovery Facilitators. The last paper of this issue focuses on the Brazilian National Policy for Solid Waste, passed in 2010, and its implications to the management of technological waste through Reverse Logistics. Migliano, Demajarovic and Xavier (2014) build on several interviews with different stakeholders to propose model covering the interrelationships among all the agents involved in the implementation of reverse logistics of electrical and electronic consumer goods in Brazil.

This issue also has the contribution of Prof. Juliana Bonomi Santos who joined JOSCM as executive editor in the second half of 2014.

I wish our readers an informative and pleasant reading! 

Luiz Artur Ledur Brito

Published: 2014-12-26

05.Sustainability of Operations

06.Technology Management

09.Intersections. Beyond the Operations Function

Editorial Board