The purpose of this paper is to analyse the mediating effect of supply chain agility (SCA) in the relationship between absorptive capacity (AC) and firm performance.
The authors use data from 231 Spanish firms and test the hypothesis by structural equation modelling.
SCA mediates the relationship between AC and firm performance.
The cross-sectional survey and the use of managerial perceptions may need to use longitudinal and real measures in future studies to validate causal relationships.
SCA may contribute to explain why AC improves firm performance. Firms with more agile supply chains may benefit more from their efforts in AC to improve firm performance.
A conceptual framework has been developed to explain the relationships of the main constructs of the study (AC and SCA) with firm performance and whether SCA mediates the relationship between AC and firm performance.
This research has been funded by a Grant (ECO2014-56912-R) from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Education and Innovation.
Martinez-Sanchez, A. and Lahoz-Leo, F. (2018), "Supply chain agility: a mediator for absorptive capacity", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 264-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/BJM-10-2017-0304Download as .RIS
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