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Knowledge management for food supply chain synergies–a maturity level analysis of SME companies

Batista, Luciano; Dora, Manoj; Toth, Jozsef; Molnár, Adrienn; Malekpoor, Hanif; Kumari, Sushma


Luciano Batista

Manoj Dora

Jozsef Toth

Adrienn Molnár

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Dr. Sushma Kumari
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director- MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Education Lead Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Despite the considerable number of papers addressing knowledge management (KM) aspects in supply chains, many research issues in the area are still neglected. One of the main research gaps in this field concerns the maturity level of KM practices adoption by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This paper addresses this research gap by developing a framework to support the analysis of the maturity level of KM adoption in an SME context. The framework is applied in a multiple case study developed to investigate the extent to which SMEs operating in the food sector are deploying KM practices to support more sustainable initiatives. By relating KM maturity levels, perspectives and processes to sustainable practices concerning food waste and by-product synergies, the paper makes an original contribution to advance theory and practice in the area. The paper also points out potential barriers that companies face to implement sustainability-related KM practices.


Batista, L., Dora, M., Toth, J., Molnár, A., Malekpoor, H., & Kumari, S. (2019). Knowledge management for food supply chain synergies–a maturity level analysis of SME companies. Production planning & control, 30(10-12), 995-1004.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Publication Date Sep 10, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2021
Journal Production planning & control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 10-12
Pages 995-1004
Keywords Knowledge management; Food supply chain; Food waste and by-product synergies
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