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Innovative Financial Approach for Agricultural Sustainability: A Case Study of Alibaba

Qi Zhou (), Xiangfeng Chen () and Shuting Li ()
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Qi Zhou: School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
Xiangfeng Chen: School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
Shuting Li: School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 3, 1-20

Abstract: Sustainability and agricultural finance are two important issues attracting attention from industry and academia. This research adopts an in-depth case study methodology to investigate the agricultural finance initiatives of Alibaba Group, and explores how the agricultural finance practices of an e-commerce platform facilitate its sustainability goal. A reference framework is proposed to prove the adoption of agricultural finance. The influence of three moderating variables, namely, IT support, financial attractiveness, and cooperation with other entities, is analyzed. We find that advanced IT support and financial attractiveness are two indispensable enablers for agricultural finance initiatives, and collaboration with other entities is necessary in adopting agricultural supply chain finance.

Keywords: agricultural finance; sustainability; supply chain finance; China; case study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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