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Business process management and supply chain collaboration: effects on performance and competitiveness

Jiraporn Pradabwong (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK and Faculty of Engineering at Sriracha, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus, Chonburi, Thailand)
Christos Braziotis (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)
James D.T. Tannock (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)
Kulwant S. Pawar (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK and Nottingham University Business School China, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 13 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the interrelationships among business process management (BPM), supply chain collaboration (SCC), collaborative advantage and organisational performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 204 manufacturing firms in Thailand, and the interrelationships proposed in the framework were tested via structural equation modelling.

Findings

This study highlights the role of intra- and inter-organisational practices and clearly demonstrates the joint role and impact of BPM and SCC, respectively. The results provide empirical evidence that BPM improves both organisational performance and collaborative activities. Also, SCC and collaborative advantage can have indirect positive impacts on organisational performance.

Research limitations/implications

This work could be expanded by adopting a supplementary dyadic or extended supply chain (SC) approach and could also consider contextual factors, which were outside of the scope of this study.

Practical implications

The BPM approach has a positive impact on organisational performance, which is essential for collaborative activities between a firm and its SC partners. Further, effective BPM and SCC practices lead to enhanced performance and collaborative benefits. Practitioners should be better able to define and measure specific actions relating to their BPM and SCC practices.

Originality value

This paper stresses the need to consider the interrelationships between BPM, SCC, collaborative advantage and organisational performance for both direct and indirect effects. Rather than focusing only on improvement at individual firm level, SCC is vital to compete in the market. Improving the effectiveness of SC allows higher organisational performance levels than those that could be achieved in isolation.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71471092), Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (2014A35006) and the International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET).

Citation

Pradabwong, J., Braziotis, C., Tannock, J.D.T. and Pawar, K.S. (2017), "Business process management and supply chain collaboration: effects on performance and competitiveness", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 107-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-01-2017-0008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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