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The impact of supply chain agility on business performance in a high level customization environment

Um, Juneho (2017) 'The impact of supply chain agility on business performance in a high level customization environment.' Operations Management Research, 10 (1-2). 10 - 19. ISSN 1936-9735

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To improve business performance in rapidly changing environments, supply chain agility can be a crucial requisite to address responsiveness issues, especially in environments with high levels of customization. This paper examines the effect of supply chain agility on customer service, differentiation, and business performance. A survey research methodology was employed using a sample of 156 manufacturing firms that provide high levels of customization. In particular, structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to evaluate the proposed model. The results suggest that supply chain agility influences customer service and differentiation positively. However, it does not affect business performance directly; instead, better business performance can be achieved and mediated through improved customer service and differentiation. In particular, differentiation through customer service is the most effective way to improve business performance, and supply chain agility can help to achieve high-level customer service. The paper advises managers on details of how to fulfil their business performance ambitions better through suggested key agile supply chain management activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain management; Supply chain agility; Customer service; Differentiation; Business performance; Customisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 17:15

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