The performance impact of supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability: the moderation effect of product complexity

Eckstein, Dominik, Goellner, Matthias, Blome, Constantin and Henke, Michael (2014) The performance impact of supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability: the moderation effect of product complexity. International Journal of Production Research, 53 (10). pp. 3028-3046. ISSN 0020-7543

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Abstract

Even though research has suggested that supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability are distinct capabilities, little is known about their performance effects and about the contextual conditions under which they are effective. Based on a sample of 143 German firms, we empirically investigate the effects of supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability on cost performance and operational performance using hierarchical regression analysis. We ground our investigation in the dynamic capabilities view and contingency theory. We find that supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability positively affect both cost performance and operational performance. We further find evidence for a mediating role of supply chain agility in the links between supply chain adaptability and performance. Product complexity positively moderates the links between supply chain adaptability and cost performance, and supply chain adaptability and operational performance. The results contribute to the literature by offering a more nuanced understanding of the performance implications of supply chain agility and supply chain adaptability, thereby addressing the crucial question of why their benefits may or may not materialise under varying levels of product complexity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2015 12:57
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2015 12:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54480
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