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Halal supply chain critical success factors: a literature review

Mohamed Syazwan Ab Talib (Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia)
Abu Bakar Abdul Hamid (UTM International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Mohd Hafiz Zulfakar (School of Business Information Technology & Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 9 March 2015




The aim of this study is to discover the critical success factors (CSFs) for the Halal supply chain management because this area is gaining recognition. Plus, the aim is to use the CSFs for future research.


The study is based on the application of CSFs on the Halal supply chain. A comprehensive literature review is undertaken to discover the CSFs of conventional supply chain and to apply it to the Halal supply chain.


Government support, transportation planning, information technology, human resource management, collaborative relationship, Halal certification and Halal traceability are the CSFs for the Halal supply chain.

Research limitations/implications

This study only discusses the CSFs related to the Halal supply chain and ignoring other forms of Halal businesses. This study only concerns on English literatures and omit other languages. The study lacks empirical evidence and future research should be done to test the CSFs relevancy.

Practical implications

This study addresses stakeholders of the Halal supply chain CSFs, which have not been fully understand and appreciated.


CSFs concept has never been attempted on the Halal supply chain. Therefore, this study appraises the concept of CSFs and adds value to the knowledge on the Halal supply chain.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support from UTM Research University Grant (PY/2014/02527). We thank the Editor, Dr. Jonathan Wilson, and the anonymous reviewers who provided useful advice, comments, and criticisms in improving the work.


Ab Talib, M.S., Abdul Hamid, A.B. and Zulfakar, M.H. (2015), "Halal supply chain critical success factors: a literature review", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 44-71.



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