Supply chain mapping: a proposed construct

Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, Simonov Kusi-Sarpong, Kannan Govindan*, Sharfuddin Ahmed Khan, Adegboyega Oyedijo

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During COVID-19, supply chain (SC) mapping has appeared as one of the critical supply chain capabilities that could make a striking difference in organisations’ supply chain performance. Despite its crucial role in responding to SC disruptions, there is a void in the literature on this topic. In this context, the prime objective of the current study is to introduce a comprehensive measure of SC mapping accounting for its various dimensions. A review of the literature is conducted to identify the relevant dimensions and sub-dimensions of SC mapping. Next, two rounds of focused group discussions are conducted in order to refine the identified dimensions and to add any relevant dimensions of SC mapping. Third, we employ exploratory factor analysis to develop the construct of SC mapping. The findings reveal that SC mapping has three major dimensions, namely upstream mapping, downstream mapping, and midstream mapping, with a total 25 items. The developed construct can be used to operationalise the SC mapping and to examine its antecedents and precedents.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)2653-2669
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • downstream
  • exploratory factor analysis
  • midstream
  • Supply chain mapping
  • upstream


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