SMEs strategy and scale constraints impact on agri-food supply chain collaboration and firm performance

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dc.contributor.author Zaridis, A.
dc.contributor.author Vlachos, I.
dc.contributor.author Bourlakis, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-29T14:24:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-29T14:24:43Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-28
dc.identifier.citation Zaridis A, Vlachos I, Bourlakis M. (2020) SMEs strategy and scale constraints impact on agri-food supply chain collaboration and firm performance. Production Planning and Control, Available online 28 July 2020
dc.identifier.issn 0953-7287
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1796136
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/15608
dc.description.abstract This study examined the impact of collaboration in agri-food supply chains on firm performance and the moderating role of scale constraints and firm strategy. Collaboration was measured by three constructs: horizontal collaboration, vertical collaboration, and customer engagement and SME performance with three variables: growth, value for money and innovativeness. Two strategies were evaluated: price strategy and quality strategy. Three types of scale constraints were assessed: financial, efficiency, and innovation. A survey of 504 agri-SMEs was conducted to test the research hypotheses developed according to the resource based view. Data analysis included a moderated hierarchical analysis. The results show that supply chain collaboration impacts positively on agri-SME performance, whilst it is partially accepted that scale constraints moderate the supply chain collaboration-SME performance relationship. The findings show that SME strategy moderates the supply chain collaboration-SME performance relationship. This study provides evidence that agri-SMEs can strategize their supply chain collaborations by removing scale constraints. When supply chain collaborations help SMEs to overcome financial, efficiency or innovation constraints, then SMEs’ performance improves. Second, this study contributes to the understanding of dynamic capabilities in SMEs using the extended resource based view, which has been overlooked by prior studies. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ *
dc.subject Agri-SMEs en_UK
dc.subject supply chain collaboration en_UK
dc.subject firm performance en_UK
dc.subject strategy en_UK
dc.subject scale constraints en_UK
dc.subject survey en_UK
dc.title SMEs strategy and scale constraints impact on agri-food supply chain collaboration and firm performance en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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