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International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management

International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM)

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  • Exploring the Impact of Healthcare Agility and Resilience on Sustainable Healthcare Performance: Moderating Role of Technology Orientation   Order a copy of this article
    by Santanu Mandal 
    Abstract: Agility and resilience are well known dynamic capabilities that aid supply chain (SC) firms to address customer requests and withstand disruptions in an adequate manner. Further studies also have acknowledged the performance implications of such dynamic capabilities. However, service SCs especially healthcare is yet to receive sufficient empirical attention. In this study, we explore the influence of healthcare agility and resilience on sustainable healthcare performance. Further, the conversion of agility and resilience to sustainable healthcare performance is contingent on technology and SC orientations of key healthcare SC firms. Hence, we explore the moderating role of technology and SC orientations. Perceptual responses were collected from 159 healthcare SC professionals through an online survey and were analyzed using partial least squares in SmartPLS 2.0.M3. Findings suggested healthcare agility and resilience to have a strong influence on sustainable healthcare performance. Further the moderating role of technology orientation was profound on agility performance linkage. The moderating role of SC orientation was also found significant on resilience  performance linkage. Implications for managers were also provided.
    Keywords: sustainability; supply chain; healthcare; performance; service industry.

  • Key supplier retention for electrical and electronic industry: Determinant factors   Order a copy of this article
    by K. Jayaraman, Logeswari Arikrisnan, Kavigtha Mohan Kumar, Shaian Kiumarsi 
    Abstract: The purpose of this article is to identify the possible determinant factors influencing key supplier retention in electric and electronics industry. The data were collected from purchasing and sales managers working for electric and electronic companies in Malaysia. A total of 112 usable responses were received from various electric and electronics firms. The findings reveal that besides the four pure predictors namely supplier engagement, supplier quality, supplier infrastructure, supplier commitment which influence supplier retention, confidential sharing is a new determinant emerged for key supplier retention, has a significant positive relationship. The present paper provides guidance for suppliers who are offering services to the electric and electronic industry to focus and implement on the determinants factors of key supplier retention to effectively sustain as the preferred supplier for their manufacturing companies. However, the findings from this study nature only the context of Malaysian electrical and electronic industry for key supplier retention.
    Keywords: key supplier retention; supplier engagement; supplier quality; supplier infrastructure; supplier commitment; confidential sharing; buyer supplier relationship.

  • Assessing a Sustainable Higher Educational Institution through Talent Management Practices and Islamic Work Ethics   Order a copy of this article
    by Fatema Johara, Sofri Yahya, Siti Rohaida 
    Abstract: This paper aims to propose a conceptual framework to clarify the talent management practices and its effects on the sustainable performance of faculty members to build a sustainable higher educational institution from an Islamic work ethical perspective in South Asian context, especially in Bangladesh. This study is primarily a conceptual paper focusing on objectives which are determined to the influence of talent management practices and sustainable performance of faculty members and the strong effect of Islamic work ethics between talent management practices and sustainable performance of faculty members. The paper also shows after analysing the previous literature and identifying a strong research gap on the aspects that limited research found which uses the Theory of Maqasid al-Shariah to explain about the talent management practices and sustainable performance of faculty members with the strong effect of Islamic work ethics to become a competitive higher educational institution. Based on in- depth discussion and meta-analysis, this paper suggests a new conceptual model to increase the sustainable performance of faculty members with strong Islamic work ethics and the competitiveness of the higher educational institutions.
    Keywords: Talent Management Practices (TMP); Sustainable Performance of Faculty Members; Higher Educational Institutions(HEI); Islamic Work Ethics(IWE).

  • Marriotts strategic sustainability priorities in the Chinese hotel industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Mark Wickham, Linda French, Tommy Wong 
    Abstract: Using Mihalic, Zabkar and Cvelbars (2012) Hotel Sustainability Business Model as its lens, this study provides an empirical analysis of a leading Western hotel chains sustainability priorities and associated strategic practices during its entry and subsequent operations in Chinas emerging hotel industry. A qualitative study of company documentation and semi-structured interviews with twelve senior managers at Marriott International in China indicated that seven sustainability strategies were prioritized by the chain (i.e. hotel guest satisfaction, establishment of a positively differentiated labor-market position, human capital development, cultural capital management, power to change participation, environmental resource allocation and environmental education). This study provides a theoretical model of Marriotts strategic sustainability priorities and proposes a range of research opportunities in emerging hotel industry contexts.
    Keywords: Hotel management; Sustainability; China.

  • Sustainable production: can mini-apartment ease housing oversupply in Penang, Malaysia?   Order a copy of this article
    by Yoke Ching Chong, Meenchee Hong 
    Abstract: House is a basic need of human, it provides shelter and protection. The economic development, urbanization and improved quality of life have collectively led to a boom in housing demand in cities of Malaysia. The escalation of house demand has created tremendous opportunities for investors and housing developers to earn quick money through property trading. Fast development in the housing industry has somehow neglected the sustainable use of land and the environment in this land scarcity island. The types of houses offered in the market are far beyond the capability of the people to own. This has resulted in housing oversupplied. To cater to different types of buyers, mini-apartments have been introduced in Penang recently. This paper examines the determinants of willingness-to-pay for a mini-apartment, and attributes of the mini-apartment preferred by potential buyers. A total of 216 surveys were collected and data were estimated using a logit model. The result shows that size, density and total numbers of household members are the determinants of willingness-to-pay for a mini-apartment. The findings may assist the housing developers and local authority in understanding the buyer's needs and at the same time assist to diminish the oversupply of unmatched property issues in the market. With reducing the oversupply of unneeded houses, land could be efficiently used for a sustainable reason.
    Keywords: Mini-apartment; Stated Preference; House; Oversupply; Willingness-to-pay; Sustainability.

  • Role of Shared Vision in an Organization: A Complexity Environment Perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Sonia Emaan, Bakhtiar Ali 
    Abstract: This research intends to analyse the impact of employee alienation on shared vision in an organization where the response to the complex environment is enabled in systems thinking approach. This empirical work is based upon regression analysis and the respondents of this study are first line to top managers of private sector from manufacturing and service industry. The findings of this study entail the direct impact of the negative construct of employee alienation and shared vision depicts strong and significant results with each other; where moderating relations of complexity responsive environment between employee alienation and shared vision plays a partial contribution. This study is applicable to administer the behavior of employees working in the manufacturing and service sector. Study leads to identify the future research path for analysing different dimensions of employee alienation, systems intelligence, employee organizational and social well-being keeping cultural context in view. Also, this study has recognized the pragmatic role of complexity responsive environment which impacts differently between a negative and positive study variable. The study originates analysis of employee alienations dimensions into organizational context with the impact of concepts of systems theory and the learning organization are a significant contribution this work.
    Keywords: Employee Alienation; Systems Intelligence; Complexity Responsive Environment; Shared Vision; Social Well-Being.

  • The Strategic Integration of Corporate Social Responsibility Conceptualization and Scale Development   Order a copy of this article
    by Maren Wendland 
    Abstract: In recent years, the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has increased significantly for companies, society, as well as scientific research. Although the need of embedding CSR into firm strategy is widely recognised, both a holistic concept and measurement scale for the strategic integration of CSR and its influencing dimensions are still missing. This paper aims at filling this gap by deducting contributing aspects from management literature and deriving a conceptional framework for integrating CSR into strategy. The influencing dimensions as they are: embedding in corporate history, culture and values; formalization of CSR; organizational responsibility for CSR; link to core business and competencies; link to other supply chain activities; use of resources for CSR, and involvement in CSR-related collaboration are then operationalized. The scale development starts with item pool generation and results after a three-stage-pretest in a valid and reliable scale that enables new ways of assessing CSR.
    Keywords: corporate social responsibility; corporate sustainability; integration into strategy; integration into business; strategic integration; strategic management.