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Data-driven and adaptive leadership contributing to sustainability: global agri-food supply chains connected with emerging markets

Akhtar, Pervaiz; Tse, Ying Kei; Khan, Zaheer; Rao-Nicholson, Rekha


Pervaiz Akhtar

Ying Kei Tse

Zaheer Khan

Rekha Rao-Nicholson


Despite numerous promises on the links between data-driven and adaptive leadership, non-financial sustainability and financial sustainability, scholars have not conducted enough empirical research to test the links based on globally and massively connected emerging supply chains. This study therefore scrutinizes the interlocking links by applying the data collected from chief executive officers, managing directors and senior operations managers of such supply chains rooted in emerging markets. The possibly purified results raised from structural equation modeling indicate that data-driven and adaptive leadership is a key determinant for non-financial sustainability, which in turn contributes to financial sustainability. Directly, the leadership also plays a vital role for financial sustainability. Interaction effects further depict that the companies which apply more data-driven and adaptive leadership practices perform better compared to those which less focus on such practices. Consequently, the results provide the deeper understanding of the mechanism of how global supply chain leaders can use data-driven and adaptive leadership to co-create financial and non-financial sustainability.


Akhtar, P., Tse, Y. K., Khan, Z., & Rao-Nicholson, R. (2016). Data-driven and adaptive leadership contributing to sustainability: global agri-food supply chains connected with emerging markets. International journal of production economics, 181(Part B), 392-401.

Acceptance Date Nov 20, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal International journal of production economics
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 181
Issue Part B
Pages 392-401
Keywords Data-driven and adaptive leadership, Sustainability, Global agrifood supply chains, Structural equation modeling, Endogeneity
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: International journal of production economics, 2016, v.181, part B.


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