Supply chains under resource pressure

Kalaitzi, Dimitra and Matopoulos, Aristides and Bourlakis, Michael and Tate, Wendy (2019) Supply chains under resource pressure. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. ISSN 0144-3577

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Purpose – This research investigates the implications of supply chain strategies that manufacturing companies can use to minimise or overcome natural resource scarcity, and ultimately improve resource efficiency and achieve competitive advantage. The relationship between resource efficiency and competitive advantage is also explored.
Design/methodology/approach – The proposed research model draws on resource dependence theory. Data were collected from 183 logistics, purchasing, sustainability and supply chain managers from various manufacturing companies and analysed by applying the PLS (Partial Least Squares) structural equation modelling technique.
Findings – The results indicate that both buffering and bridging strategies improve resource efficiency; however, only bridging strategies seem to lead to firm’s competitive advantage in terms of ownership and accessibility to resources. The relationship between resource efficiency
and competitive advantage is not supported.
Research limitations/implications – Future research could confirm the robustness of these findings by using a larger sample size and taking into account other supply chain members.
Practical implications – This research provides guidance to managers faced with the growing risk of resource scarcity to achieve a resource efficient supply chain and an advantage over competitors.
Originality/value – Studies have explored the appropriate strategies for minimising dependencies caused by the scarcity of natural resources in the field of supply chain management; however, there is limited empirical work on investigating the impact of these strategies on resource efficiency and competitive advantage.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
13 October 2019Accepted
19 November 2019Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural resource scarcity, Resource efficiency, Competitive advantage, Supply chain management
Subjects: CAH09 - mathematical sciences > CAH09-01 - mathematical sciences > CAH09-01-02 - operational research
CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-01 - engineering > CAH10-01-03 - production and manufacturing engineering
CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-02 - business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Dimitra Kalaitzi
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 14:10

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