The impact of phenomenological methodology development in supply chain management research

Neil Towers, Ismail Abushaikha*, James Ritchie, Andreas Holter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the non-academic impact in supply chain management (SCM) research through the application of three distinctive approaches to phenomenological methodology in different contexts.

Design/methodology/approach: Evidence-based examples from three case studies using interpretivist, social constructivist and critical realist methodologies are presented. They reflect non-positivist approaches commonly used in phenomenological methodology and adopted in SCM investigative research.

Findings: Different types of non-academic reach and significance from each research methodology are discussed to illustrate the non-academic impact benefits from each case. The three distinctive phenomenological approaches have been shown to contribute to innovative research methodology development on their own philosophical merit and produced novel contributions to SCM research in particular.

Research limitations/implications: The non-academic impact examples have been shown to have wider influence and implication to business, the economy and society at large.

Originality/value: The paper highlights the relevance of phenomenological research methodology for SCM. It also contributes to the development of the SCM subject area and is hoped to encourage further reporting of non-academic impact of supply chain research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-456
Number of pages14
JournalSupply Chain Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


  • Fashion
  • Impact
  • Logistics management
  • Non-academic impact
  • Qualitative research
  • Research methodology
  • Research philosophy
  • Supply chain management
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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