Thearticle DefiningSupply Chain Managementhas been written by John Mentzer, William DeWitt, James Keebler,Soonhong Min, Nancy Nix, Carlo Smith, and Zach Zacharia. The articlehas two primary audience practitioners and researchers. To thepractitioners and researchers, the article has helped inunderstanding supply chain management as well as giving them guidanceto what entails supply chain management, potential effects of supplychain management on business, fundamentals of supply chainmanagement, and supply chain performance (John et al., 2001). Inmaking researchers and practitioners to understand the concept ofsupply chain management, the article has offered has provideddifferent literature of the concept as explained by different authorssuch as Forester, La Londe, and Ross among other authors that haveprovided literature on the concept.

Onthe part of practitioners alone, the article has primarily providedguidance to the preconditions, which are required to be put in placeso as a business can implement supply chain management with itscustomers and suppliers (John et al., 2001). Besides, the articlealso helps practitioners in understanding the differentinter-functional coordination that can help a business in realizingits full potential. Examples of such inter-functional coordinationentail risk, behaviors, dependence, commitment, and trust. Inaddition, the article has helped practitioners in supply chain flowsand typical business functions.

Onthe other hand, on the side of researchers, the article has providedresearchers with different areas that have never been researchedconcerning supply chain management. For instance, researchers need toinvestigate the role played by each of the varied business functionsin supply chain management. Besides, researchers need to conductresearch the circumstances under which SCM and SCO can existconcurrently (John et al., 2001).


JohnM., William D., James K., Soonhong M., Nancy N., Carlo S. &amp ZachZ. (2001). Defining Supply Chain Management. Journalof Business Logistics,Vol. 22 (2).