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Linking knowledge development with sustainable supply chain performance: mediating effects of innovativeness, proactiveness and risk taking

Syed Awais Ahmad Tipu (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Kamel Fantazy (Department of Business and Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 22 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The current study provides new insights into the relationships between knowledge development (KD) and sustainable supply chain performance (SSCP) by exploring the mediating effects of entrepreneurial orientation (EO) in terms of innovativeness, proactiveness and risk taking.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected by questionnaire survey from 242 manufacturing organizations. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The results reveal that innovativeness and proactiveness have full mediating effects on the relationship between KD and SSCP. Though KD is negatively related to risk taking and has insignificant indirect effect on SSCP via risk taking, the mediating effect of risk taking remains moderate positive on the relationship between KD and SSCP.

Research limitations/implications

Given that the current study focuses on manufacturing sector, future research is needed for more comparative studies conducted in different sectors and cultural contexts. The negative link between KD and risk taking also warrants future investigation.

Practical implications

Organizations may reduce their level of risk taking due to the increase in KD. However, in order to enhance SSCP, risk taking is still needed as it mediates the relationship between KD and SSCP.

Originality/value

The mediating effects of innovativeness, proactiveness and risk taking on the relationship between KD and SSCP are unknown. Current study aims to address this gap.

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Citation

Tipu, S.A.A. and Fantazy, K. (2021), "Linking knowledge development with sustainable supply chain performance: mediating effects of innovativeness, proactiveness and risk taking", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-01-2021-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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