Improving vegetable supply chain collaboration: a case study in Vietnam

Yang, Ying, Pham, Mai Ha, Yang, Biao, Sun, Jun Wei and Tran, Phuong Nguyen Thu (2021) Improving vegetable supply chain collaboration: a case study in Vietnam. Supply Chain Management. ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

Purpose
While various aspects of the vegetable supply chain (SC) have been increasingly studied, most studies tend to investigate the downstream part of the SC in terms of customer demand and product quality. Relatively fewer studies have focused on upstream suppliers/farmers. This study aims to understand upstream farmers’ positions in different types of vegetable SCs and identify ways of enhancing sustainable vegetable SC collaboration.

Design/methodology/approach
This study is based on an in-depth case study of a cooperative SC in Vietnam from the perspectives of both the cooperative and its farmers.

Findings
The study found that cooperative SCs are the most appropriate for Vietnamese farmers. It also identified the key activities needed to engage farmers with cooperative SCs and the mechanisms that the cooperative needs to develop. Cooperative SCs can be enhanced only when farmers are motivated to engage in SC activities and when the cooperative implements a robust management mechanism.

Originality/value
This study provides new, insightful results on how to engage with small fragmented farmers for SC collaboration and how to enhance the roles of cooperative SCs in the vegetable industry in Vietnam. It also provides information for policymakers to support sustainable vegetable SC development and maintain its sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 08:23
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2021 13:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/98238

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