IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(5): 367-373 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.5.755

The Link between Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Competitive Advantage

Kiyokazu Matsuura and Fumihiko Isada
Abstract— The purpose of this study is to clarify the relationship between Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) and firms’ competitive advantage, and to propose one of the Creating Shared Value (CSV) models which Porter and Kramer advocate for firms to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. In this study, firstly, the concept of CSV is defined based on the previous research, then one CSV model is proposed, and, finally, the model is assessed through quantitative analysis of survey data from a sample of manufacturers. The survey data verifies 3 of the proposed model’s hypotheses: 1. Positive correlation between SSCM activities and organization management capability / inter-organization management capability; 2. Positive correlation between organization management capability / inter-organization management capability and competitive advantage, especially dynamic capability. 3. Positive correlation between dynamic capability and economical value (customer recognition, cost reduction in total supply chain and sustainable competitive advantage, etc.).

Index Terms— Competitive advantage, CSV, sustainable supply chain management.

Kiyokazu Matsuura is with Kansai University, Faculty of Informatics Graduate School of Informatics, Japan (e-mail: kiyokazu_mjp@mac.com). Fumihiko Isada is with The Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University, Japan (e-mail: isada@kansai-u.ac.jp).

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Cite: Kiyokazu Matsuura and Fumihiko Isada, " The Link between Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Competitive Advantage," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 367-373, 2017.

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