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Antecedents to supply chain innovation

Fatma Nur Karaman Kabadurmus (Department of Economics,Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 14 April 2020

Issue publication date: 4 May 2020




The purpose of this study is to examine organizational and environmental (competition, capital scarcity and organization of labor) factors that affect firms' innovation activities within the supply chain.


This study empirically examines the factors that affect firms' innovation activities using firm-level data from the last round of Business Environment Enterprise Performance Surveys (BEEPS). The analysis covers major supply chain functions: production, delivery and support systems.


The study shows that drivers of innovation vary with the type of innovation activity; as such, innovation efforts across supply chain functions should prioritize strategic resources that will create competitive advantages. Our results also reveal that sustainability efforts in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region should prioritize labor market reforms over capital market reforms.


Current research on innovation and supply chain issues does not explicitly analyze innovations that occur in different sustainable supply chain functions, and empirical studies that focus on the determinants of innovations in the supply chain network are very limited. The data used in this study cover 30 economies in EECA, many of which are low- and middle-income countries, and thus contribute to the implementation of sustainable practices in developing countries.



The authors are extremely grateful to two anonymous reviewers for very helpful and constructive comments and suggestions.


Karaman Kabadurmus, F.N. (2020), "Antecedents to supply chain innovation", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 145-171.



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