Determining the antecedents of dynamic supply chain capabilities

Aslam, Haris, Blome, Constantin, Roscoe, Samuel and Azhar, Tashfeen Mehmood (2020) Determining the antecedents of dynamic supply chain capabilities. Supply Chain Management. ISSN 1359-8546

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The purpose of this paper is to determine the antecedents of dynamic supply chain capabilities (DSCCs). The authors test entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and supply chain learning orientation (SCLO) as two antecedents of DSCCs.

The paper uses structural equation modelling to test a hypothetical model. Data are gathered from a survey of 275 operations managers in Pakistan’s turbulent manufacturing industry.

The findings suggest that the weaker direct effects of EO, in comparison to the indirect effects, indicate that an SCLO mediates the relationship between EO and DSCCs.

Research limitations/implications
It is widely accepted that firms do not compete with each other, instead, it is end-to-end supply chains that fight for market dominance. Many scholars use the dynamic capabilities view to understand supply chain level competition. However, the dynamic capabilities view is firm-centric in its examination of how companies transform internal resources to compete in the external environment. The theoretical contribution of this paper is a roadmap of how to build dynamic, supply-chain level and capabilities by determining the key antecedents. This paper explains that DSCCs emerge when buyers and suppliers share strategic orientations. Firms with an EO and the ability to learn with supply chain partners are well-positioned to develop DSCCs. This provides a new angle to theory testing by indicating that dynamic capabilities are enabled by an EO and an ability to learn with supply chain partners.

Practical implications
Managers are given the building blocks of DSCCs, starting with fostering an entrepreneurially-oriented mindset in the company and then learning with supply chain partners. Entrepreneurially-oriented managers are encouraged to take risks and co-develop innovative ideas with suppliers during the supply chain learning process.

This study is one of the earliest efforts to determine the strategic orientations that antecede the emergence of DSCCs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: dynamic supply chain capabilities, entrepreneurial orientation, supply chain learning orientation, market sensing, supply chain agility, supply chain adaptability
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of products
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5484 Warehouses. Storage
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5761 Shipment of goods. Delivery of goods
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Depositing User: Samuel Roscoe
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 15:15

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