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The effect of supplier sustainability risk management strategies on supply chain performance

C.W. Chathurani Silva (Department of Decision Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka)
Dilini Dineshika Rathnayaka (Department of Decision Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka)
M.A.C.S. Sampath Fernando (Department of Economics and Statistics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka)

Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

ISSN: 2398-5364

Article publication date: 27 February 2023

Issue publication date: 16 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to evaluate the adoption of four types of supplier sustainability risk management (SSRM) strategies, namely, risk avoidance (RA), risk acceptance (RAC), collaboration-based risk mitigation (CBM) and monitoring-based risk mitigation (MBM) in Sri Lankan apparel and retail industries, and to investigate their effect on supply chain performance (SCP).

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses the dynamic capability view (DCV) to develop its hypotheses. Data collected from 89 firms were analysed using partial least square (PLS) structural equation modelling and PLS-based multiple group analysis.

Findings

Sri Lankan apparel and retail firms adopt RA and MBM strategies relatively more than CBM and RAC strategies, whereas there is no significant difference between the two industries in terms of the use of SSRM strategies. The path analysis revealed significant effects of RA and RAC strategies on SCP of both industries. The effect of CBM strategy on SCP is moderated by industry, while MBM has no significant impact.

Research limitations/implications

While managing supplier sustainability risks effectively, RA and RAC strategies provide more opportunities for managers to improve SCP. In achieving SCP, CBM strategies are proven to be more effective for retail industry compared with the apparel sector. Although MBM strategies offer sustainability advantages to firms, their contribution to improving the performance of apparel and retail supply chains is not significant. This research is limited to only two industries (apparel and retail) in Sri Lanka, where the evidence for the effects of SSRM strategies is not available for other contexts.

Originality/value

Either the effects of the four types of SSRM strategies on SCP or the moderating effect of industry on these effects have not been empirically confirmed in the literature. Evaluating the extent to which different strategies are implemented in Sri Lankan apparel and retail industries is another significant contribution of this research. Furthermore, this study contributes by using DCV to a sustainability-based supply chain risk management research.

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Citation

Silva, C.W.C., Rathnayaka, D.D. and Fernando, M.A.C.S.S. (2024), "The effect of supplier sustainability risk management strategies on supply chain performance", Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 334-350. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-06-2022-0076

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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