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The impact of food supply chain traceability on sustainability performance

Xiongyong Zhou (), Madeleine Pullman () and Zhiduan Xu ()
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Xiongyong Zhou: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Madeleine Pullman: Portland State University
Zhiduan Xu: Xiamen University, Siming District

Operations Management Research, 2022, vol. 15, issue 1, No 6, 93-115

Abstract: Abstract Increasing quality and risk issues have made food supply chain traceability a worldwide societal concern. This paper aims to examine how exactly traceability practices improve firm sustainability performance. Through structural equation modeling approach, based on a survey of 450 Chinese firms, this paper explores the impact of traceability practices on a firm’s sustainability performance while examining the mediating role of dynamic capabilities as well as the moderating effect exerted by environmental dynamism. The results show that: (1) Input traceability practice, process traceability practice, and output traceability practice have a significant positive impact on firm’s sustainability performance; (2) Dynamic capabilities play a partial mediation role in the relationship between the aforementioned three traceability practices and sustainability performance; (3) Environmental dynamism has a moderating effect on the relationship between dynamic capabilities and sustainability performance. As environmental dynamism increased, the dynamic capabilities have a stronger positive impact on firm sustainability performance.

Keywords: Traceability practice; Dynamic capabilities; Environmental dynamism; Sustainability performance; Food supply chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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