Title: Reconfiguration or innovation in supply chains?

Authors: Maree Storer; Paul Hyland

Addresses: School of Business, Colin Clarke Building, University of Queensland/CRC Beef, St. Lucia, Brisbane Qld 4072, Australia. ' School of Management, Room Z947a, Level 9 Z Block, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

Abstract: This research explores supply chain competitiveness and dynamic capabilities. It examines a pilot group of Australian supply chain organisations to understand the importance of dynamic capability in building innovation capacity for competitive advantage, and the concept of adopting a strategic approach to supply chain relationship building. A supply chain is after all a group of intra and interorganisational relationships delivering demand to end-users. This exploratory study confirms a positive relationship between the variables indicating both a strategic intent to develop relational capability, and very strong predictive linkages between the importance placed on developing supply chain dynamic capability and achieving supply chain innovation capacity as a competitive advantage.

Keywords: dynamic capabilities; SCM; supply chain management; reconfiguration; competitiveness; Australia; innovation capacity; competitive advantage; strategic approaches; relationship building; intraorganisational relationships; interorganisational relationships; end-users; demand delivery; strategic intent; relational capability; predictive linkages; innovation management; technology management; innovation enhancement; innovation environments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2011.042982

International Journal of Technology Management, 2011 Vol.56 No.2/3/4, pp.188 - 207

Published online: 11 Oct 2011 *

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