Upstream supply chain visibility and complexity effect on focal company’s sustainable performance: Indian manufacturers’ perspective

Rameshwar Dubey, Angappa Gunasekaran, Stephen J. Childe, Thanos Papadopoulos, Zongwei Luo, David Roubaud

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Understanding supply chain sustainability performance is increasingly important for supply chain researchers and managers. Literature has considered supply chain sustainability and the antecedents of performance from a triple bottom line (economic, social, and environmental) perspective. However, the role of supply chain visibility and product complexity contingency in achieving sustainable supply chain performance has not been explored in depth. To address this gap, this study utilizes a contingent resource-based view theory perspective to understand the role of product complexity in shaping the relationship between upstream supply chain visibility (resources and capabilities) and the social, environmental, and economic performance dimensions. We develop and test a theoretical model using survey data gathered from 312 Indian manufacturing organizations. Our findings indicate that supply chain visibility has significant influence on social and environmental performance under the moderation effect of product complexity. Finally, we have outlined our research limitations and further research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-367
Number of pages25
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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