Research has established the dominant influence of collaboration and integration in manufacturing supply chains. However, the role of these characteristics in healthcare supply chain operations and performance has not yet been investigated. The current research proposes three assets under collaboration as dominant enablers of hospital-supplier integration: collaborative planning, collaborative execution and collaborative decision-making. Considering the advances in technology in healthcare, we propose that technology orientation moderates the above linkages. Survey-based responses were collected from hospitals, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and surgical suppliers that are key entities in healthcare supply chains. In total, 239 completed responses were collected and analysed using structural equation modelling. The findings suggest all three as dominant enablers of hospital-supplier integration. Furthermore, technology orientation was found to positively moderate the impact of planning and execution on hospital-supplier integration. This orientation also suggested that hospital-supplier integration results in positive operational performance.
Dr. Santanu Mandal and Rajneesh Ranjan Jha, “Exploring the Importance of Collaborative Assets to Hospital-supplier Integration in Healthcare Supply Chains”, International Journal of Production Research, vol. 56, no. 7, pp. 2666-2683, 2017.