Restraining forces and drivers of supply chain collaboration: evidence from an emerging market

OYEDIJO, Adegboyega, FRANCOIS KOUKPAKI, Adebayo Serge, KUSI-SARPONG, Simonov, ALFARSI, Fahd and YANG, Ying (2022). Restraining forces and drivers of supply chain collaboration: evidence from an emerging market. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 27 (3), 409-430.

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Purpose This paper aims to investigate how restraining forces and driving forces impact SC collaboration in the context of Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative approach was adopted. Using semi-structured interviews, data was obtained from manufacturers and third-party logistics providers in Nigeria’s food and beverage sector. The data was analysed using the thematic analysis method. Findings Interesting findings were revealed regarding how some underlying forces impact SC collaboration. These findings were categorised into internal, SC and external environment level factors. However, certain forces were also identified at these distinct levels which can sustain the collaboration between SC partners in emerging markets such as Nigeria. Research limitations/implications The issues highlighted in this paper create opportunities for future studies to dig deeper into the concept of SC collaboration in emerging markets. Future studies may find other unique contextual factors which may influence SC collaboration asides from those identified in this paper. Practical implications This research aids managerial understanding of the restraining forces and drivers of SC collaboration in an emerging market. The research also provides new insights on how to manage SC collaboration in emerging markets. Originality/value Many studies on supply chain management have wholly focussed their attention on developed countries, often neglecting emerging markets such as Nigeria in the discourse. Although SC collaboration has been well researched, the study attempts to shift the attention to the most populous country in Africa. With the help of the force field theory, this research reveals new insights on the restraining forces and drivers of SC collaboration, offering the foundation for a new line of research on this subject in emerging markets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing; 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; Business & Management; 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour; 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains
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Page Range: 409-430
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 15:56
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:00

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