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Information sharing in supply chains: a review of risks and opportunities using the Systematic Literature Network Analysis (SLNA)

Colicchia, Claudia; Creazza, Alessandro; Noè, Carlo; Strozzi, Fernanda


Claudia Colicchia

Alessandro Creazza

Carlo Noè

Fernanda Strozzi


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the most important research areas on information sharing in supply chains and related risks, taking into account their evolution over time. This paper sheds light on what is happening today and what the trajectories for the future are, with particular respect to the implications for supply chain management. Design/Methodology/Approach – The dynamic literature review method called Systematic Literature Network Analysis (SLNA) was adopted. It combines the Systematic Literature Review approach and bibliographic network analyses, and it relies on objective measures and algorithms to perform quantitative literature-based detection of emerging topics. Findings-The focus of the literature seems to be on threats internal to the extended supply chain rather than external attacks, such as viruses, traditionally related to information technology (IT). The main arising risk appears to be the intentional or non-intentional leakage of information. Also, papers analyse the implications for information sharing coming from " soft " factors such as trust and collaboration among supply chain partners. Opportunities are also highlighted and include how information sharing can be leveraged to confront disruptions and increase resilience. Research limitations/implications – The adopted methodology allows providing an original perspective on the investigated topic, i.e. how information sharing in supply chains and related risks are evolving over time due to the turbulent advances in technology. Practical implications-Emergent and highly critical risks related to information sharing are highlighted to support the design of supply chain risks strategies. Also, critical areas to the development of " beyond-the-dyad " initiatives to manage information sharing risks emerge. Opportunities coming from information sharing that are less known and exploited by companies are provided. Originality/value – This study focuses on the supply chain perspective rather than the traditional IT-based view of information sharing. According to this perspective, this study provides a dynamic representation of the literature on the investigated topic. This is an important contribution to the topic of information sharing in supply chains, which is continuously evolving and shaping new supply chain models.


Colicchia, C., Creazza, A., Noe', C., & Strozzi, F. (2019). Information sharing in supply chains: a review of risks and opportunities using the Systematic Literature Network Analysis (SLNA). Supply chain management, 24(1), 5-21.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Publication Date Jan 14, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 7, 2019
Print ISSN 1359-8546
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 5-21
Keywords Information sharing; Information risk; Supply chain risk; Supply chain management; Systematic Literature Network Analysis (SLNA); Literature review; Citation network; Co-word network; Burst detection
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