A System of Systems Approach for Global Supply Chain Management in the Big Data Era

Tsan Ming Choi

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Global supply chain management (GSCM) is increasingly complex and managers find that traditional methods fall short in adequately addressing many associated challenges. As such, it calls for innovative managerial measures. In this paper, we discuss how the system of systems (SoS) approach and big data technologies can be applied to improve GSCM. We first show that the global supply chain is an SoS and examine various principles of the SoS approach. Then, we review various big data related technologies which are commonly employed in global supply chain management. After that, we propose how big data related technologies can be incorporated into the SoS approach to enhance global supply chain operations by presenting an example. This paper provides practitioners a new perspective on how big data related technologies can be used for global supply chain management with an SoS mindset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Engineering Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • action matrix
  • big data
  • Global supply chain management
  • managerial insights
  • practitioners
  • system of systems theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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