Vol. 9 No. 1 (2021): Business & Management Studies: An International Journal
Articles

Digital transformation in supply chains: Current applications, contributions and challenges

Özden Özkanlısoy
Res. Asst., Istanbul Aydın University
Erkut Akkartal
Prof. Dr., Yeditepe University

Published 2021-03-25

Keywords

  • Supply Chain, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0
  • Tedarik Zinciri, Dijital Dönüşüm, Endüstri 4.0

How to Cite

Özkanlısoy, Özden, & Akkartal, E. (2021). Digital transformation in supply chains: Current applications, contributions and challenges. Business & Management Studies: An International Journal, 9(1), 32-55. https://doi.org/10.15295/bmij.v9i1.1673

Abstract

Digital transformation in supply chain management enables businesses to achieve competitive advantage by using their resources more efficiently, to make every stage of their supply chain smarter, more transparent and more efficient, to be closer to individual customer needs, to provide a significant increase in decision-making quality, and to become increasingly flexible in the near future. and provides the advantages of having new business models that will be efficient.
Unfortunately, today digital transformation is at the stage of digitization rather than digital transformation due to the high initial investment cost and concerns about the success of applications. In this study, successful digital transformation applications implemented in supply chain management to guide companies and supply chains that have not yet entered the digital transformation process, the advantages provided by these applications and the difficulties of the digital transformation process are discussed.
In the study, using qualitative data analysis, open-ended interview questions were applied to a total of 28 companies, and the answers were separated on the basis of sectors and applications and new business models were grouped according to sectors. The advantages of the companies and their supply chains with digital transformation and the difficulties faced in the transformation process are discussed jointly to cover all sectors. The study ends with an evaluation and brief summary of the findings.

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