Davor Dujak – MAPPING OF NATURAL GAS SUPPLY CHAINS: LITERATURE REVIEW

Davor Dujak – MAPPING OF NATURAL GAS SUPPLY CHAINS: LITERATURE REVIEW

Davor Dujak
Faculty of Economics in Osijek,
University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia
E-mail:
ddujak@efos.hr


Abstract


Natural gas is third most important fuel in the world with extremely complex
supply chain that effects around one third of natural gas price. To mitigate complexity,
to clarify position and processes, and to ensure maximum possible optimization of
natural gas supply chain, practitioners and scientist use mapping method in creating a
“picture” of natural gas supply chain. Aim of this research is to provide guidelines for
effective use of mapping method in natural gas supply chain researches. Indicative
preliminary research has be done by analysis analyzing and comparing most relevant
scientific papers dealing with natural gas supply chain and their use of natural gas
supply chain maps. Articles were analyzed according to following criteria: use of
supply chain maps, type of used supply chain maps and selected supply chain map’s
attributes: coverage of map, spatial character of maps, number of supply chain tiers
presented in maps, is there a focal point in maps and do maps highlight cycle view of
supply chains. Results indicate that supply chain maps are essential tool for natural
gas supply chain mapping where researcher mostly choose relationship based maps
of evenly whole or part of supply chain, most often with 5 supply chain tiers, with no
explicit spatial aspect, and no focal point and cycle view. Main study limitations are
use of only one (although biggest) databases and limited number of papers taken into
consideration. In further researches other relevant databases should be taken into
consideration, and more specific maps’ types could be analyzed.


Key words: supply chain, supply chain maps, natural gas, mapping

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