Determinants of the competitive advantage of dairy supply chains: Evidence from the Chinese dairy industry

DING, Huiping, FU, Yanan, ZHENG, Lucy and YAN, Zhu (2018). Determinants of the competitive advantage of dairy supply chains: Evidence from the Chinese dairy industry. International Journal of Production Economics. (In Press)

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Abstract

In this study, we use an evidence-based approach to examine the factors that determine the competitive advantage of dairy supply chains using evidence from the Chinese dairy industry. We focus on the quality assurance of dairy products, which is considered one of the fundamental influential factors. We investigate interrelationships among the identified determinants, which include dairy production behavior, dairy cow culture model, government regulations, corporate social responsibility, and quality assurance, and examine how these determinants influence the competitive advantage of dairy supply chains. We employ the structural equation modeling approach in which grouped observable variables that represent the identified determinants are extrapolated from primary data collected through a questionnaire survey. Our key findings show that by mediating the effects of dairy production behavior and the dairy cow culture model, government regulation and corporate social responsibility significantly affect the quality assurance of dairy products. In turn, dairy production behavior and the dairy cow culture model significantly affect the competitive advantage of the dairy supply chain via the fully mediated effects of the quality assurance of dairy products. Specifically, the dairy cow culture model helps ensure the safety and quality of milk supply, allowing core dairy firms to control product quality throughout the dairy supply chain. Our empirical study shows that the identified determinants interact to assure the quality of dairy products and enhance the competitive advantage of the dairy supply chain in China.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > International Business, Economics, SMEs and Entrepreneurship
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2018.02.013
Depositing User: Lucy Zheng
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 22:44
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20850

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