Title: The impact of supply chain practices on flexibility during the Covid-19 pandemic with risk management culture as a moderator

Authors: Sara Elzarka

Addresses: International Transport and Logistics Institute – Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, P.O. Box 1029, Miami, Alexandria, Egypt

Abstract: The Covid-19 pandemic has affected supply chains around the world, it has tested the true resilience of businesses in every sector. Emerging economies are not as developed in supply chain management as developed economies and the pandemic severely affected numerous economic sectors resulting in devastating economic performance. This research focuses on examining how the regular supply chain management practices (SCMPs) have impacted the supply chain flexibility with supply chain risk management culture as a moderating variable during the pandemic. This study was conducted through an online based questionnaire. Data were collected from 283 manufacturing companies that presented different industrial sectors in Egypt. The data was analysed using partial least squares technique. The results indicated that strategic supplier partnership, customer relationship practices and information sharing are the three SCMPs which positively affect supply chain flexibility. Moreover, the supply chain risk management culture positively moderated the impact of strategic supplier partnership, customer relationship practices and information sharing on supply chain flexibility.

Keywords: supply chain management; supply chain flexibility; Egypt; supply chain practices; Covid-19; pandemic; risk management; risk management culture; MENA region; Middle East; supply chain performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2021.119043

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2021 Vol.14 No.3, pp.409 - 437

Received: 10 Oct 2020
Accepted: 23 May 2021

Published online: 15 Nov 2021 *

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