Investigating the value of information sharing in multi-echelon supply chains

Mu-Chen Chen*, Taho Yang, Chi Tsung Yen

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Under the structure of multiple business entities, supply chain management (SCM) offers the external and internal integration of business processes in enterprises. The most important objective of SCM is to enhance the supply chain performance such as reinforcing the service level and increasing profit as well as reducing order cycle time and inventory. In recent years, due to the advancement of information technology, enterprises can manage the product flow and the information flow via economical and efficient mechanisms. The well-organized information sharing can enhance the supply chain performance and allow enterprises to refine their strategies of supply chain in order to maximize their profits. The previous studies pointed out the positive effect of information sharing on the efficiency of supply chain. However, relatively little literature focuses on the performance analysis for multi-echelon supply chain with various information sharing scenarios. By using the simulation technique, this paper models different scenarios of information sharing, and further analyzes the impacts of information quality on multi-echelon supply chain performance. In addition, this paper employs Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to integrate multiple performance measures to ensure the information sharing scenarios with enhanced performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-511
Number of pages15
JournalQuality and Quantity
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2007


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Information sharing
  • Multi-echelon
  • Simulation
  • Supply chain management

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