Title: The effect of supply chain strategy on the relationship between innovation capabilities and business performance. A theoretical model

Authors: Ricardo Zimmermann; António Carrizo Moreira; Luís Miguel D.F. Ferreira

Addresses: INESC TEC, Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Porto, 4200-465, Portugal ' University of Aveiro, DEGEIT, GOVCOPP, Campus Universitário de Santiago, Aveiro, 3810-193, Portugal ' CEMMPRE, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, 3030-194, Portugal

Abstract: Although the relationship between supply chain (SC) and innovation has attracted attention from researchers in recent years, the relationship between innovation capabilities and SC strategies is a subject that has not yet been explored extensively. The main objective of this paper is to examine how SC strategies affect the relationship between innovation capabilities and business performance. The paper, characterised as a conceptual paper with the aim of contributing to theory building, is based on the concept of fit and on the principles of the contingency theory and the resource-based view. Further, a literature review and a theoretical discussion, a theoretical model and a set of research propositions are presented. The theoretical rationale shows the potential for improvement in performance through the relationship between innovation and SC and can be used to boost empirical research on the topic.

Keywords: supply chain strategies; lean strategies; agile strategies; innovation capabilities; business performance; fit; theoretical model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPSCM.2020.112722

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 2020 Vol.11 No.4, pp.291 - 307

Accepted: 01 Jul 2020
Published online: 01 Feb 2021 *

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