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What role do FinTech companies play in supply chain finance? A signaling intermediary perspective

Hua Song (School of Business, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Siqi Han (School of Business, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Wenyi Liu (School of Business, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Anirban Ganguly (Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 5 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of FinTech companies in SCF. The application of digital technology in supply chain activities has facilitated the evolution of supply chain finance (SCF) to a new level. However, how financial technology (FinTech) companies promote this evolution has not been thoroughly examined.

Design/methodology/approach

This research used the multiple-case study approach and social network analysis method to explore how FinTech companies influence SCF networks.

Findings

The results reveal that FinTech companies play the crucial role of a signaling intermediary by facilitating interactions among relevant parties, accelerating the flow of information and reducing information asymmetry arising from data smog. Moreover, FinTech companies make SCF information networks more equitable and promote the performance of SCF.

Originality/value

This study deepens the conversation at the nexus of signal theory and SCF and provides managerial implications for alleviating information asymmetry between borrowers and lenders to solve the difficulty and high-cost problems of obtaining financing of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (21XNH128).

Citation

Song, H., Han, S., Liu, W. and Ganguly, A. (2022), "What role do FinTech companies play in supply chain finance? A signaling intermediary perspective", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-12-2021-0587

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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