• Learning orientation and innovation performance: the mediating role of operations strategy and supply chain integration

      Kumar, Vikas; Jabarzadeh, Younis; Jeihouni, Paria; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo; University of the West of England; University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran; University of Derby (Emerald, 2020-03-19)
      The purpose of this study is to explore the effect of operations strategy (cost, quality, flexibility, and delivery) and supply chain integration on innovation performance under influence of learning orientation. Taking a quantitative and deductive approach, a conceptual framework was developed and tested by analyzing data gathered through survey questionnaire from 243 UK manufacturing firms using structural equation modeling. Our findings show that learning orientation influences operations strategy and supply chain integration, but it does not have a direct impact on innovation performance. Additionally, quality and flexibility strategies affect innovation performance and supply chain integration positively, while cost and delivery strategies don’t have a significant effect on these variables. Operations strategy types (cost, quality, flexibility delivery) were studied as distinct variables whereas supply chain integration also has several dimensions but that has not been investigated separately in the present research. The findings are also based on limited 243 responses from UK manufacturing firms. Innovation performance of manufacturing firms can be improved through a more integrated supply chain if managers embody flexibility and quality capabilities in their operations and become learning oriented. The effect of supply chain integration on innovation performance and learning orientation on supply chain integration and operations strategy types have not been fully explored in literature. Also, having all four operations strategy types in a direct relation to supply chain integration and innovation performance is another original aspect of the current study.