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Title: The impact of the sustainable practices on the corporate performance
Authors: Fontoura, Pedro Tiago Gonçalves
Orientador: Coelho, Arnaldo Fernandes de Matos
Keywords: supply chain leadership; supply chain followership; corporate social responsibility; shared value; performance; competitive advantages; sustainable supply chain management
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2020
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: Purpose: In an increasingly interconnected world every action matters. Sustainable supply chain management is a field full of opportunities for deeper investigations, in order to understand how to use power and influence in a proper way to develop business in a responsible way, through an approach where all can win. The first goal of this investigation is to map academic publications on the subject and the intellectual knowledge contained therein, covering past research trends and identifying potential future paths of research in the fields of corporate social responsibility and supply chain management, through a systematic review and bibliometric analysis. The second goal was to investigate the impact of the supply chain leadership and supply chain followership on purchasing social responsibility, considering the mediator effects of information sharing and shared values, since these variables contribute to a better understanding of the leadership and followership phenomena as key drivers of a sustainable supply chain management. The third goal was to identify the impact of supply chain leadership and supply chain followership on corporate social responsibility, considering the mediating effects of shared values, information sharing and purchasing social responsibility. The fourth goal was to identify how corporate social responsibility affects firm value, specifically through the analyses of social responsible behaviours impact on shared value shared value creation, in order to achieve higher performances performance and greater competitive advantages. The fifth goal was to analyse how supply chain leadership and supply chain followership affects firm value, specifically, through the analyses of transformational leadership and followership behaviours on shared value creation, in order to higher performance and greater shared values alignment. By doing so, new insights on sustainable supply chain management to assure business sustainability are provided. Methodology: The answers to the relationships proposed were drawn from the partial and cumulative results that were tested in the four partial and complementary models developed, corresponding to four empirical partial investigations produced. To test the proposed research hypotheses, this investigation uses a structured questionnaire to gather data from a cross-sectional sample of supply chain partners from the biggest Portuguese energy supplier. The initial three investigation models considered a sample of 425 partners, and the fourth later model considered a sample of 456 partners, since 31 additional responses had been fulfilled later in the investigation. Structural Equation Modelling is used to test the proposed hypotheses, and a multi-group analysis is conducted to find how suppliers’ dependency can impact the suggested relationships. Findings: The main findings of this investigation are: (i) there is a growing academic appeal to perform empirical studies involving supply chain partners, with the objective of monitoring the performance of companies through robust indicators and understanding how actions taken by leading organisations are contributing to the creation of value and competitive advantages, in a multidimensional and holistic approach; (ii) supply chain leadership has a positive impact on supply chain followership, information sharing, shared value, shared values and purchasing social responsibility, showing indirect effects on corporate social responsibility and performance through the proposed mediating variables; (iii) supply chain followership has a positive impact on information sharing, shared value, shared values and corporate social responsibility, showing indirect effects on performance; (iv) corporate social responsibility has a positive impact on competitive advantages, shared value and performance; (v) information sharing has a positive impact on performance and corporate social responsibility; (vi) shared values has a positive impact on purchasing social responsibility, corporate social responsibility and performance; (vii) shared value has a positive impact on performance; (viii) performance has a positive impact on corporate social responsibility; (ix) supply chain leadership dependency appears to moderate some of the proposed relationships. Implications/Originality: This research provides empirical evidence on the influence of supply chain leadership, supply chain followership and corporate social responsibility on organizational value creation, contributing to a better understanding of the impacts of social responsible behaviours on business sustainability, filling the gaps identified on past literature. The overall results may support the importance of a social responsible leadership, identifying how a sustainable company may create value for itself, and for everyone with whom it interacts. Consequently, researchers conducting studies on business strategy can incorporate these conceptual approaches as key elements in strategic business planning. In addition, supply chain management researchers can evaluate the inclusion of supply chain leadership, supply chain followership and corporate social responsibility in the studies carried out, in order to evaluate how these variables can translate on tangible assets, life cycle management, time to market, quality and product innovation. Limitations: The research only considers suppliers of one company. The relationships between variables need to be explored in other practical case studies and longitudinal investigations to improve the possibility of generalisation and establishing more reliable causal relationships.
Description: Doctoral Thesis in Business Management presented to Faculty of Economics of Coimbra University
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/94985
Rights: openAccess
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