Title: How does justice matter in developing supply chain trust and improving information sharing - an empirical study in Pakistan

Authors: Sahar Erfanian; Muhammad Ziaullah; Muhammad Abubakar Tahir; Degong Ma

Addresses: School of Economics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China ' Department of Business Administration, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan ' Business School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China ' School of Economics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Abstract: In supply chain management, information sharing has become a major driver of competitive advantage. Because organisations are an essential part of globalised competitive economies which are characterised by the network of intra and inter-firms relationships. Information sharing is an important prerequisite of supply chain integration. This article proposes to examine the association between supply chain justice, trust and information sharing. It presents a conceptual framework in which supply chain justice can affect information sharing through the development of trust between trade channel partners. The conceptual model comprises four hypotheses. We conducted confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to test the validity and reliability of the model. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation modelling (SEM) on data collected from 170 firms of Pakistan. The study results indicate the importance for firms to promote supply chain justice in the whole supply chain for the development of partners' trust, which can improve the high level of information sharing. Finally, implications for practice, limitations, and guidelines for future research are discussed in the paper.

Keywords: information sharing; supply chain integration; justice; trust; Pakistan.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2021.121110

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2021 Vol.35 No.4, pp.354 - 368

Received: 13 Apr 2017
Accepted: 03 Oct 2017

Published online: 25 Feb 2022 *

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