The purpose of this paper is to draw on social capital theory to develop a model to explain the determinants of a supply chain management scholar’s academic research impact.
Drawing from a database of 450 supply chain management scholars in different countries collected from ResearchGate and the World Bank, the bootstrapping method was applied on the moderated mediation analysis.
Analysis of the mediating role of a scholar’s social capital suggests that social capital theory has a strong explanatory power on the relationship between a scholar’s research skill and academic impact. To account for the boundary effect at the country-level, the authors further examine if this mechanism differs by country in the supply chain management research context.
The findings from this study are from a single research area, which limits the generalizability of the study. Although the data are collected from different sources, including ResearchGate and the World Bank, it is cross-sectional in nature. The variables in this model do not have strong causal relationships.
The results suggest that supply chain management scholars can reap the benefits of their social capital. Specifically, scholars can enhance their academic impact by increasing their social capital.
The results provide a reference for supply chain management scholars keen on enhancing their academic research impact. It also provides a reference to explain why country-level differences can influence these scholars.
This work was supported by the Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71602163), Young Scientists Fund from the Ministry of Education of Humanities and Social Sciences Project in China (Grant No. 16YJC630171), and the National Social Science Foundation of China (Project No. 12CGL023), and Ministry of Science & Technology, Taiwan (MOST 105-2918-I-003-002).
Zhang, Y., Wu, Y., Goh, M. and Liu, X. (2019), "Supply chain management scholar’s research impact: moderated mediation analysis", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 118-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2017-0149Download as .RIS
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