Paris Ph.D. Programme

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Supply Chain Management

Circular Economy, business-model innovation and institutional transformations
Supervisors: Prof. Valentina Carbone & Prof. Aurélien Acquier
Partnership: European-Union H2020 Research Project R2π Transition from linear 2 circular: policy and innovation
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Sustainable Supply Chain Management
The main objective of supply chain management (SCM) has traditionally focused on the economic goals of supply chains, which is to minimize total supply chain costs while at the same time satisfying customer demand. However, growing environmental issues and social concerns have compelled many organizations, particularly multinational companies, to consider a wider range of objectives rather than just cost minimization and customer satisfaction. The pressure from various stakeholders, including consumers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public authorities and trade unions have urged companies to design or redesign more sustainable supply chains. How do organizations interact and cooperate with such a wide array of stakeholders to conceive sustainable supply chains (inter-organizational perspective)? How do they adapt sustainable supply chain decisions to the various institutional and economic contexts in which they operate (institutional perspective)? How do different stakeholders make sense of sustainable principles and decisions across a global and fragmented supply chain? These are some of the possible research questions that a phd candidate may tackle within the sustainable supply chain management field.  (Prof. Valérie Moatti & Prof. Valentina Carbone)


Strategy and Supply Chain Management
While Supply Chain Management is now widely recognized as a strategic issue for companies (Fisher 1997, Simschi-Levi 2011), little research in supply chain management tackles strategic issues or deals with strategic concepts.   (Prof. Valérie Moatti & Prof. Valentina Carbone)

  • Possible Topic: M&A and Supply Chain Management
    While most M&As involve redesigning supply chain networks, few scholars have studied the impact of M&As on supply chains nor the role of supply chain management and logistics in M&A operations (decision, set-up,…). Several research questions bridging the gap between M&A and supply chain literature worth interest including: Can supply chain / logistic issues be an antecedent of M&A, a key motive in target selection? To what extent accounting for supply chain issues upfront increases the success of M&As? What is the impact of M&A on supply chain management?
  • Possible Topic: Strategic alliances and Supply Chain Management
    While cooperation is inherent to supply chain management concept and practice, little work uses strategic alliances literature and theoretical background to study supply chain alliances. Specifically, supply chain alliances include different types of partnerships: vertical, horizontal, scale, link (Hennart 1988),... Among different research questions: Are supply chain alliances a specific type of strategic alliances? Can horizontal supply chain cooperation contribute to better supply chains and improved vertical relationships?