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Environmental scanning, supply chain integration, responsiveness, and operational performance: An integrative framework from an organizational information processing theory perspective

Wantao Yu (Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton, London, UK)
Roberto Chavez (Department of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
Mark Jacobs (Department of Operations Management, College of Business, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Chee Yew Wong (Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Chunlin Yuan (Business Management Institute, Henan University, Kaifeng, China)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 5 August 2019

Issue publication date: 7 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

It remains unclear how environmental scanning (ES) can generate firm performance through supply chain management (SCM) practices. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of ES on operational performance through supply chain integration (SCI) and supply chain responsiveness (SCR).

Design/methodology/approach

The scanning–interpretation–action–performance (SIAP) model and organization information processing theory (OIPT) are used to explain the ES–SCI–SCR–performance (S–I–A–P) relationships, which were tested by structural equation modeling of survey data of 329 manufacturing firms in China.

Findings

The results indicate that ES has a significant positive effect on SCI and SCR. SCI is significantly and positively related to SCR. SCR partially mediates the relationship between ES and operational performance, and fully mediates the relationship between SCI and operational performance.

Practical implications

Supply chain managers should collaborate with senior executives to obtain signals from ES activities, as input for building SCI and SCR and use SCI as a joint interpretation mechanism of ES signals for developing SCR to reap operational advantages in the rapidly changing business environment.

Originality/value

Strategic management academics and practitioners have explicitly emphasized the importance of ES in developing strategic plans but are unsure about the role of SCM in creating operational advantages through ES. Using the SIAP model, this study theorizes and demonstrates how SCI and SCR transform signals from ES into operational performance. In doing so, a more precise application of OIPT is explicated in the supply chain context.

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Citation

Yu, W., Chavez, R., Jacobs, M., Wong, C.Y. and Yuan, C. (2019), "Environmental scanning, supply chain integration, responsiveness, and operational performance: An integrative framework from an organizational information processing theory perspective", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 39 No. 5, pp. 787-814. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-07-2018-0395

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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