Digital architectures: frameworks for supply chain data and information governance

Konstantina Spanaki, Erisa Karafili, Stella Despoudi

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Advances in digitalization present new and emerging Supply Chain (SC) Information Architectures that rely on data and information as vital resources. While the importance of data and information in SCs has long been understood, there is a dearth of research or understanding about the effective governance, control, or management of data ecosystems at the SC level. This chapter examines data architectures through a navigation of the background of database management and data quality research of previous decades. The chapter unfolds the critical architectural elements around data and information sharing in the SC regarding the context, systems, and infrastructure. A review of various frameworks and conceptual models is presented on data and information in SCs, as well as access control policies. The critical importance of data quality and the management of data in the cyber-physical systems are highlighted. Policies for data sharing agreements (DSAs) and access control are discussed and the importance of effective governance in the distributed environments of digitally enabled SCs is emphasized. We extend the concept of data sharing agreements to capture the interplay between the various SC stakeholders around data use. Research gaps and needs relevant to new and emerging SC data and information ecosystems are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Digital Supply Chain
EditorsBart L. MacCarthy, Dmitri Ivanov
ISBN (Electronic)9780323916141
ISBN (Print)9780323916158
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2022


  • Data access control
  • Data flows
  • Data quality
  • Data sharing
  • Information architecture
  • Information flows
  • Supply chain


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