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The synergistic and complementary effects of supply chain justice and integration practices on supply chain performance: A conceptual framework and research propositions

Muhammad Ziaullah, Feng Yi, Shumaila Naz Akhter
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 18, No 4 | a1239 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v18i4.1239 | © 2015 Muhammad Ziaullah, Feng Yi, Shumaila Naz Akhter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2014 | Published: 27 November 2015

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Muhammad Ziaullah, School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Feng Yi, School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Shumaila Naz Akhter, School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

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Abstract

In recent years, firms have been using their supply chain integration (SCI) as a competitive weapon in the intensive, globalised competitive arena. The contingent perspective in supply chain management maintains that it is necessary to observe the interaction between SCI practices and supply chain justice. A critical issue to be resolved is whether this fit leads to synergistic and complementary effects on supply chain performance. In order to contribute to this research problem, we analysed supply chain justice instances in order to determine the importance of supply chain justice, as well as highlights complementary role in SCI and its influences on supply chain performance. A conceptual framework has been developed and five propositions established to verify the contents of a theoretical study. Accordingly, balancing the adoption of SCI practices and supply chain justice will lead to the generation of greater benefits relative to the effect of both independent driving forces on supply chain performance. Furthermore, the proposed framework has been analysed in order to examine its applicability in the South African context. The study thereby suggests the empirical research guidelines and the paper concludes with a discussion of future research.


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