Managing knowledge in supply chains: a catalyst to triple bottom line sustainability
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AbstractSustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and knowledge management’s (KM) positive role in improving supply chain development and performance have both attracted attention in recent years, the former arguably stimulated by the triple bottom line (TBL). Despite the positive development, there is a paucity of theoretical and empirical studies identifying the broad capabilities that affect a firm’s ability to simultaneously pursue economic, environmental and social success. We use the natural-resource-based (NRBV) and knowledge-based (KBV) views to develop a series of propositions linking KM capability to strategic and operational supply chain sustainability and competiveness and test their veracity with practicing managers (n = 275). We offer a systematic analysis of KM’s role in the development of SSCM. The findings confirm the credibility of the theoretical propositions and identify how different KM processes specifically facilitate strategic or operational development of SSCs. We provide researchers with a framework to guide future research at the KM/TBL nexus.
CitationHe, Q., Gallear, D., Ghobadian, A. and Ramanathan, R., (2019). 'Managing knowledge in supply chains: a catalyst to triple bottom line sustainability'. Production Planning & Control, 30(5-6), pp. 448-463. DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1501814.
PublisherInforma UK Limited
JournalProduction Planning and Control