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The effect of supply chain agility on export performance: The mediating roles of supply chain responsiveness and innovativeness

Haya Fawzi Ayoub (Department of Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Ayman Bahjat Abdallah (Department of Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 13 May 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of supply chain agility (SCA) on supply chain responsiveness (SCR), supply chain innovativeness (SCI) and export performance (EP) in the industrial sector in Jordan. It also explores the effects of SCR and SCI on EP. In addition, the study investigates the mediating effects of SCR and SCI on the relationship between SCA and EP.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was prepared based on the extant literature. Data were gathered from 290 companies representing various types of manufacturing in Jordan. The appropriate tests were employed to ensure the validity of the study constructs and their reliability. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling.

Findings

SCA was found to directly and positively affect EP. It also positively affected SCR and SCI. In addition, SCR and SCI fully mediated the SCA–EP relationship.

Originality/value

This study is one of the first to investigate the effect of SCA on EP. Also, it is the first, to the best of the authors knowledge, to highlight the effect of SCA on SCI. Further, this is the first study to examine the mediating effect of SCI on the SCA–EP relationship. Similarly, the mediating effect of SCR on the SCA–EP relationship has rarely been investigated in the literature.

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Citation

Ayoub, H.F. and Abdallah, A.B. (2019), "The effect of supply chain agility on export performance: The mediating roles of supply chain responsiveness and innovativeness", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 821-839. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-08-2018-0229

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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