MPhil/PhD Scholarship Supply Chain Collaboration: A Triadic View

Ref: VCS-BUS-04-13


The rise in outsourcing has led to a supply landscape increasingly relying on networks rather than traditional vertically-integrated firms. Past research in supply chain management (SCM) mainly focused on dyadic relationships (eg. supplier-buyer, supplier-customer). However, this does not reflect the complex nature of a supply network. Within the supply network, collaborations happened not only between supplier and manufacturer, but also between supplier and supplier, known as ‘horizontal supply chain relationships’. This forms a triadic structure of supplier-supplier-manufacturer, which is fundamental block of a supply network, and is critically important to supply chain performance. Furthermore, such a triad is fundamentally different to the dyad in the linear supply chains often studied in Operations Management (OM) and SCM for the last few decades.

A triad view offers an opportunity to fully address supply chain collaboration in a broader three dimensional relationship context rather than a linear two-dimensional context. For example, a triad view offers a way to study how a dyad is affected by another dyad in a supply network, a relationship that previous studies based on a dyadic view have not studied. A triad view will help us to better understand the complex relationships in the supply network, and will represent a significant advance in SCM research.

This project aims to explore the configuration patterns and the capabilities of a triad in a supply network, and to investigate the impacts of triadic supply chain collaboration on firms’ and supply chain’s performance.

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The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

Applications are sought by the indicated closing date for starting in September 2013.

For further information please contact the supervisors: Dr Yong Lin  

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

The application form should be completed and returned to:  and include: a comprehensive CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 UTC on Tuesday 4 June 2013

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