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Developing a model for supply chain agility and innovativeness to enhance firms’ competitive advantage

Chih-Jou Chen (Department of Marketing and Logistics Management, National Penghu University of Science and Technology, Magong, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 2 November 2018

Issue publication date: 5 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Developing agility and innovativeness as dynamic capabilities are important for firms to sustain their competitive advantage in today’s global economy. The purpose of this paper is to develop and empirically test a framework to investigate how the supply chain agility and innovativeness are achieved through IT integration and trust in members of supply chain and how these, in turn, can enhance firms’ competitive advantage.

Design/methodology/approach

This research employs a survey method and data are collected from senior managers working in the supply chain or IT area. The model and hypotheses are tested utilizing data from 204 usable Taiwan manufacturing firms via structural equations modeling methodology.

Findings

The study demonstrates that both IT integration and trust in supply chain members significantly enhance supply chain agility and innovativeness, which in turn positively affect firm’s competitive advantage. The results indicate that IT integration and trust are antecedents and major joint partnership resources for improving supply chain agility and innovativeness.

Research limitations/implications

Data are collected from manufacturing industry in Taiwan and single respondent from each firm, the generalizability of current findings to other industries or countries should require additional investigation.

Practical implications

The study suggests that a firm should focus on IT integration and trust in supply chain members to achieve supply chain agility and innovativeness. To take advantage of supply chain agility and innovativeness, through maximizing firm’s competitive advantage, firms should continually adapt to the fast changing business environment and search for creative ways to satisfy new market needs.

Originality/value

Given the attention paid to supply chain agility and innovativeness in terms of importance to responding to business uncertainty and competitiveness, and more recently, as important capabilities in managing supply chain management, this paper investigates how IT integration and trust can contribute to supply chain agility and innovativeness. Provide evidence regarding the impact of IT integration and trust on agility of supply chains, innovativeness and competitive advantage.

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Citation

Chen, C.-J. (2019), "Developing a model for supply chain agility and innovativeness to enhance firms’ competitive advantage", Management Decision, Vol. 57 No. 7, pp. 1511-1534. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-12-2017-1236

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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