Operations and Systems Management

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Kashif Syed

  • Qualifications: TBC
  • Role Title: PhD student
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: TBA
  • Email: kashif.syed@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Operations and Systems Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


Nationality: Pakistani - Supervisors: Professor Alessio Ishizaka, Dr Martyn Roberts and Dr Martin Read - Year of graduation: 2017

Factors associated with the adoption of cloud computing technology in supply chains in Saudi organisations

Thesis summary

One of the major causes of poor performance of supply chains is poor information visibility. Academics and professionals alike recognize that supply chain management is a vital characteristic of a firm's competitiveness. Cloud computing technology promises improvements in supply chain management. Collaboration in supply chains greatly impacts organizations' ability to meet their customer demand and minimize costs. A major step in this collaboration is information visibility among the supply chain partners. Research shows that from the standpoints of end inventory and back-order quantities , wholesalers and distributors gain considerably from sharing of information, while retailers do not gain much. This information visibility problem drops supply chain performance to a great extent. Saudi Arabia is an emerging market with excellent IT infrastructure. Cloud computing technology is a new phenomenon and great deal of research is taking place in this field. In Saudi Arabia, it is not clear whether cloud computing is being adopted by organizations in general and in their supply chains in particular. This research is to identify the factors that determine cloud computing adoption in the Saudi market; particularly supply chains.