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Information communication technology and sustainable food supply chain: a resource-based analysis

Information communication technology and sustainable food supply chain: a resource-based analysis Increasing population leads to growing food demand. However, the competition for land, water, and energy puts pressure on the food supply chain system. Therefore, developing a sustainable food supply chain (SFSC) is emerging as a strategic imperative for the Chinese food industry. There are three aspects of sustainability, which need to be considered: social, environmental, and economic. This research focuses on how information and communication technologies can be used to improve sustainable food supply chains in China. This paper draws on resource-based theories, which describe the kinds of ICT resources and capabilities that are likely to enable one firm to outperform a competing firm in relation to some given process. The empirical research is based on 89 responses from a survey with Chinese food retailers' manager, the regression analysis are used. The findings suggest that ICT resources are moderated by inter-firm coordination to influence the SFSC performance. Keywords: sustainable food supply chain; SFSC; information communication technology; ICT; inter-firm coordination. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. M. Gong et al. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Gong, M., Tan, K.H., Pawar, K. Wong, W.P. and Tseng, M-L. (2015) `Information communication technology and sustainable food supply chain: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling Inderscience Publishers

Information communication technology and sustainable food supply chain: a resource-based analysis

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1758-9401
eISSN
1758-941X
DOI
10.1504/IJBPSCM.2015.071611
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Abstract

Increasing population leads to growing food demand. However, the competition for land, water, and energy puts pressure on the food supply chain system. Therefore, developing a sustainable food supply chain (SFSC) is emerging as a strategic imperative for the Chinese food industry. There are three aspects of sustainability, which need to be considered: social, environmental, and economic. This research focuses on how information and communication technologies can be used to improve sustainable food supply chains in China. This paper draws on resource-based theories, which describe the kinds of ICT resources and capabilities that are likely to enable one firm to outperform a competing firm in relation to some given process. The empirical research is based on 89 responses from a survey with Chinese food retailers' manager, the regression analysis are used. The findings suggest that ICT resources are moderated by inter-firm coordination to influence the SFSC performance. Keywords: sustainable food supply chain; SFSC; information communication technology; ICT; inter-firm coordination. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. M. Gong et al. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Gong, M., Tan, K.H., Pawar, K. Wong, W.P. and Tseng, M-L. (2015) `Information communication technology and sustainable food supply chain:

Journal

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain ModellingInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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