Investigating the Strategies for Supply Chain Agility and Competitiveness

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Samudi Perera Claudine Soosay Sukhbir Sandhu

Abstract

Manuscript type: Research paper
Research aims: This study explores the strategies that enable firms to establish supply chain agility and competitiveness in Australian manufacturing firms.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Using a case study approach, interviews are conducted with eight Australian manufacturing firms. Underpinned by the dynamic capability perspective, data are then thematically analysed to derive the findings.
Research findings: Agility strategies are based on collaborative efforts, requiring information sharing among firms in the supply chain and diversifying core competencies in a strategic manner to remain competitive. Theoretical contribution/Originality: This study shows how dynamic capabilities foster competitive advantage. It identifies both the strategic and operational agility which enable firms to respond to market changes and to remain competitive.
Practitioner/Policy implication: The manufacturing industry in Australia is undergoing a transition where Australian manufacturers need to transform and be more agile by leveraging their competencies and supply chains collectively.
Research limitation/implications: The results are based on a crosssectional study of firms identified from the Australian manufacturing industry.


Keywords: Agility, Australian Manufacturing, Operations, Strategy, Supply Chains
JEL Classification: I3, M14

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PERERA, Samudi; SOOSAY, Claudine; SANDHU, Sukhbir. Investigating the Strategies for Supply Chain Agility and Competitiveness. AJBA, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 279-312, june 2019. ISSN 2180-3137. Available at: <https://ajba.um.edu.my/article/view/16535>. Date accessed: 21 july 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.22452/ajba.vol12no1.10.
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