Supply Chain in the New Business Environment

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

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Interests: outsourcing; service operations; tourism management; hospitality management; supply chain management
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Dear Colleagues,

Supply chains play key roles in improving competitive advantage. A company must be able to manage its different internal and external functions. The supply chain consists of a set of processes and activities that enable the production, storage and distribution of goods or services, with their movement from the origin to the final consumer. Conceptually, it encompasses such important functions as the supply of raw materials, inventory management, production and manufacturing, and distribution and logistics. New trends related to economic crisis, pandemics, wars and the irruption of new technologies require different approaches to supply chain management. Specifically, there should be an effort to determine see what capabilities and skills are required for optimal and efficient supply chain management. In this sense, this Special Issue calls for papers that deal with supply chain management, either in relation to approaches currently in use or that the future world is expected to deploy. Once there is sufficient empirical evidence of the value of a given supply chain, new research should be oriented towards understanding the contextual conditions that exist in order to enhance the effectiveness of certain methods in the new environment. In this Special Issue, we welcome papers that help managers to handle the supply chain. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, papers on the following topics:

  • Emerging technology trends and innovation in supply chain management;
  • Supply chain management and sustainability;
  • Purchasing and Physical distribution and logistics;
  • Supply chain resiliency and management in times of crisis;
  • Supply chain integration;
  • Supply chain management and performance;
  • Collaboration and relationships in supply chain;
  • Sustainability and social responsibility in supply chain;
  • Digital transformation in supply chain;
  • Artificial intelligence in supply chain;
  • Supply chain management in service industry;
  • Supply chain management and poverty;
  • Supply chain management and climate change.

Dr. Tomás Espino-Rodríguez
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  • supply chain management
  • industry 4.0
  • integration
  • crisis
  • technology
  • poverty and climate change
  • service industry

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Absorptive Capacity and Supply Chain Integration and Their Impact on Hotel Service Performance
by Tomas F. Espino-Rodríguez and Mahmoud Gebril Taha
Adm. Sci. 2023, 13(12), 247; - 27 Nov 2023
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This paper aims to examine how absorptive capacity affects supply chain integration (SCI) and service performance. The association between SCI and service performance was also studied. Data were collected from four-star and five-star hotels in Egypt. A total of 114 responses were obtained. [...] Read more.
This paper aims to examine how absorptive capacity affects supply chain integration (SCI) and service performance. The association between SCI and service performance was also studied. Data were collected from four-star and five-star hotels in Egypt. A total of 114 responses were obtained. The PLS-SEM technique and SmartPLS 4.0 software were employed for analysis. The study revealed that absorptive capacity has an impact on SCI and service performance. There is also a positive relationship between SCI and service performance. Specifically, a positive influence of internal integration and customer integration on service performance was found. However, supplier integration shows no significant relationship with service performance. This suggests that enhancing awareness of customer needs and internal coordination improves service performance. From a practical viewpoint, managers must promote a learning culture, foster innovation, and encourage internal and external collaboration. These factors were identified as key components that can improve service performance and lead to the development of competitive advantage, as shown in this paper. In addition, supply chain vitality was found to enhance quality and service, particularly when there is coordination between departments and consideration of customer needs. This study is among the earliest to examine how absorptive capacity affects both supply chain integration and service performance in the hotel industry. The research contributes at a theoretical level by shedding light on the role of absorptive capacity in the development of competitive advantage. Full article
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