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Achieving supply chain agility through innovation capability building
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0554-9591
University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden .
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, ISSN 2052-8698, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 114-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few studies have examined the innovation capability perspective in the context of supply chain, and in particular toward achieving supply chain agility. The purpose of this study was to deepened our understanding of how a focal firm, in conjunction with customers, suppliers, and other supply chain members build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. Using qualitative case study approach, this paper explores how focal firms together with supply chain members build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. The study reveals that supply chain members play a critical role in influencing how a focal firms build their innovation capability to swiftly respond to increasing change in customers existing and potential need through agile supply chains. Drawing inspiration from theories of Resource-Based View of the firm and Dynamic Capability, this study contributes to growing streams of literature on innovation capability by explaining how supply chains build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. Building innovation capability in conjunction with supply chain members is crucial for achieving supply chain agility (e.g improved customer service, new product introduction, product customisation and international delivery capacity). Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney, Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2016. Vol. 2, no 2, p. 114-143
Keywords [en]
supply chain agility, learning, innovation capability, collaboration, cloud computing, trust, agile supply chains, resource-based view, RBV, customer service, new product introduction, NPI, product customisation, international delivery capacity
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31288DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOR.2016.078181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-31288DiVA, id: diva2:940112
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A firm’s supply chain faces challenges relating to reducing operational cost while at the same time producing innovative products and services to meet consumers’ current and potential demand. One important phenomenon in the field of innovation research is the concept of innovation capability. The purpose of this thesis is to empirically explore innovation capability as a firm interacts with its supply chain members. In order to achieve the above stated purpose, the thesis attempted to answer the overarching research question: How does a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members affect its innovation capability?

To answer the research question, a multiple method approach was adopted. This consists of two qualitative case studies, conceptual analysis, a quantitative study of a sample of 117 managers and systematic literature review (SLR). First; we used the systematic literature review (SLR) method to identify important innovation capability factors and theories applied in innovation capability studies. Second, multiple case studies were used to further investigate innovation capability in a supply chain context. Third, quantitative survey-method was used to explore innovation capability measures in the context of the supply chain.

Five individual papers are presented in this thesis. The findings are summarised and presented in the cover (“kappa”) of the thesis. The findings revealed that focal firms’ innovation capability was influenced as a result of a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members. In addition, technological embeddedness influences innovation capability of the focal firms. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 101
Series
Halmstad University Dissertations ; 44
Keywords
supply chain, innovation, innovation capability, collaboration, idea management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36380 (URN)978-91-87045-90-5 (ISBN)978-91-87045-91-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-27, O124, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved

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