Supply Chain Finance (SCF) arrangements aim to add value by taking a cooperative approach to financing in the supply chain. SCF has recently enjoyed considerable attention from industry, and providers of capital and technology are investing in platforms to facilitate new applications. A limited number of theoretical and empirical studies on the topic have been published. Current trends suggest, however, that the landscape of SCF is becoming increasingly complex and diverse. We describe some key developments and their implications for firms that (may) implement an SCF arrangement. In particular, we show that strategic and tactical considerations may impact the value of these arrangements. Failure to recognize alternatives and associated trade-offs may entail missed opportunities for firms. We present a framework that positions SCF concepts and shows the need for further research. We conclude with observations on managerial relevance.
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