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Simatupang, T.M., Sridharan, R., "A Characterisation of Information Sharing in Supply Chains, Proceedings of the Twenty Naught One ORNZ Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 30 November - 1 December 2001.



A supply chain typically consists of interrelated members such as raw-material suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who have different ranges of private information. Information sharing is a strategy for achieving cohesion of all functions amongst chain members, so as to provide adequate visibility to enable them make good decisions that can improve the total chain profitability. It is not surprising that many studies in both theoretical and practical orientations have been devoted to emphasising the benefits of information sharing. However, little attention has been given to highlighting a comprehensive characterisation of information sharing in supply chains. This paper provides a simple characterisation of information sharing. Since total visibility is difficult to obtain amongst chain members, the paper also conceptualises incentive mechanisms to motivate them to share relevant information.

Keywords: Information Sharing; Supply Chain Management.