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Effects of the attributes of supply chain openness on sustainable supply chain performance

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: 4 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the effects of the attributes of supply chain openness on sustainable supply chain performance (SSCP).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected by questionnaire survey from 259 supply chain executives in Pakistan. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The results indicate that the relative openness of supply chain organizations in Pakistan is very low. Further, all the attributes of supply chain openness have positive but weak association with SSCP. This indicates that there is some awareness of sustainable supply chain but there remains a significant room for improvement with regard to the relationships among different attributes of supply chain openness and SSCP. Pakistani organizations do not fully embrace the concept of supply chain openness in order to achieve SSCP.

Originality/value

The current paper makes three important contributions to the existing literature. First, it empirically examines the attributes of supply chain openness. Second, it contributes to the broader sustainable supply chain management literature by exploring the effects of the attributes of supply chain openness on SSCP. Third, given the limited studies that address sustainable supply chain issues in the context of developing countries, this is one of the few studies that add value to the body of literature in the context of developing countries, such as Pakistan.

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Citation

Tipu, S.A.A. and Fantazy, K. (2019), "Effects of the attributes of supply chain openness on sustainable supply chain performance", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 69 No. 9, pp. 2047-2068. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-11-2018-0401

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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