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Embracing supply chain agility: an investigation in the electronics industry

Tse, Ying Kei; Zhang, Minhao; Akhtar, Pervaiz; MacBryde, Jill


Ying Kei Tse

Minhao Zhang

Pervaiz Akhtar

Jill MacBryde


Purpose – This paper aims to identify the antecedents of firm’s supply chain agility (SC agility) and how SC agility impacts on firm’s performance. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a comprehensive literature review, a conceptual model was proposed, in which the interrelated hypotheses were tested by structural equation modelling methodology using a dataset collected from 266 Chinese electronics firms. Findings – Initially, it was found that SC integration and external learning positively influenced SC agility. Second, the results indicated that firm’s performance is positively impacted by SC agility. Moreover, SC agility also fully mediated the effect of SC integration on firm’s performance and the effect of external learning on firm’s performance. Research limitations/implications – The generalizability of this research sample might be the major limitation of this study. Therefore, future research can adopt other industry sectors samples, such as automobile manufacturing, or other country samples to validate the research model. Practical implications – This research outlines strategies for better preparedness to achieve SCs to be agile which is a core competency of electronic firms in emerging market. Findings reveal that the external coordination practices – external learning and SC integration – are important factors of SC agility. In addition, the findings contribute to understanding the important role of SC agility in improving firm’s performance. Originality/value – This research examines the impact of two antecedents (i.e. SC integration and external learning) on SC agility and is the first empirical research to analyze the mediation effect of SC agility on the relationship between SC integration and firm performance and the relationship between external learning and firm performance.


Tse, Y. K., Zhang, M., Akhtar, P., & MacBryde, J. (2016). Embracing supply chain agility: an investigation in the electronics industry. Supply chain management, 21(1), 140-156.

Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2015
Publication Date Jan 11, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2016
Journal Supply chain management : an international journal
Print ISSN 1359-8546
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 140-156
Keywords Agility, Structural equation model, Electronics industry, Integration, Learning, Performance
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Supply chain management : an international journal, 2016, v.21 issue 1.


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