Interlinkages in Agro Supply Chains: An Empirical Investigation on Joint Socio-knowledge Development

Shankaranarayanan, Avinash, Nguyen Manh Hung, Christine Amaldas, Marystella Amaldas, Sean Watts, Peter Hyde. 2019. "Interlinkages in Agro Supply Chains: An Empirical Investigation on Joint Socio-knowledge Development." Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development 16(1): 77-92.

This paper examines the importance of information exchange in achieving efficient and collaborative supply chain best practices in Vietnamese agricultural industries. The study argues that joint knowledge development can be regarded as complementary assets to leverage supply chain information exchange (SCIE) and performance. This study used a resource-based view in its analysis. It employed statistical tests on a dataset consisting of 85 agricultural businesses in Vietnam, which was collected from a sample of 600 companies. The empirical results confirmed a strong association between a manufacturing fi rm’s information exchange and its joint knowledge development. Joint knowledge development has a mediating role in the supply chain such that SCIE can be attained. Accordingly, SCIE improves supply chain satisfaction and the operational and financial outcomes of SCIE characteristics. These findings are important for agricultural businesses that have to stretch their resources to accommodate their needs in executing sustainable agricultural strategies. In the future, researchers could conduct a longitudinal study and examine how SCIE evolves. A comparison of SCIEs between developed and developing economies could likewise be a noteworthy endeavor. This study opens up new research avenues in SCIE and suggests directions for future research and practice by exploring the conditions where SCIE can help to improve the performance of socio-knowledge development in agro supply chains.

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