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Social capital in agribusiness: an exploratory investigation from a supply chain perspective during the COVID-19 crisis

Le Dang Lang (Thu Dau Mot University, Thu Dau Mot, Viet Nam)
Abhishek Behl (Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Nguyen Trung Dong (College of Management for Agriculture and Rural Development II, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam)
Nguyen Hong Thu (Thu Dau Mot University, Thu Dau Mot, Viet Nam)
Prem Prakash Dewani (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 8 June 2021




The COVID-19 pandemic has badly affected the global economy. The use of social capital as a resource to diversify agribusiness to get more customers and improve the agricultural supply chain is a considerable issue to explore. This study aims to develop a comprehensive measurement of social capital and examine its effect on the intention to diversify agribusiness. From a supply chain perspective, it uses theory of planned behavior (TPB) and resource-based view (RBV).


The study uses a mixed-methods approach. In-depth interviews, focus group discussions and surveys are used. Structural equation modeling on a sample of 465 respondents in Vietnam was employed to examine the hypothesized relationships.


An integrative measurement scale of social capital from an agricultural supply chain perspective is suggested. The study also shows significant causal relationships amongst social capital, motives, TPB's determinants and the intention to diversify agribusinesses in light of supply chain perspectives.


The study offers a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge in the literature on social capital, motives, TPB, RBV and supply chain perspectives. The study was executed in Vietnam, where most farmers are smallholders, family business owners or micro-scale entrepreneurs in agriculture.



The authors wish to convey their sincere appreciation to editors and anonymous reviewers for the effort and time in providing constructive reviews. The comments and suggestions helped us improve our manuscript's quality substantially.

Declaration of competing interest: The authors confirm there are no potential conflicts of interest to the research, authorship and or publication of this article, and no funding has been received.

Conflict of interest: No conflict of interest declared.

Funding: No funding declared.


Lang, L.D., Behl, A., Dong, N.T., Thu, N.H. and Dewani, P.P. (2021), "Social capital in agribusiness: an exploratory investigation from a supply chain perspective during the COVID-19 crisis", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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