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Improving vegetable supply chain collaboration: a case study in Vietnam

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ying YangORCiD, Dr Junwei Sun



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Publishing Limited, 2022.

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Purpose- While various aspects of the vegetable supply chain (SC) have been increasingly studied, most studies tend to investigate the downstream part of the SC in terms of customer demand and product quality. Relatively fewer studies have focused on upstream suppliers/farmers. This study aims to understand upstream farmers’ positions in different types of vegetable SCs and identify ways of enhancing sustainable vegetable SC collaboration. Design- This study is based on an in-depth case study of a cooperative SC in Vietnam from the perspectives of both the cooperative and its farmers. Findings - The study found that cooperative SCs are the most appropriate for Vietnamese farmers. It also identified the key activities needed to engage farmers with cooperative SCs and the mechanisms that the cooperative needs to develop. Cooperative SCs can be enhanced only when farmers are motivated to engage in SC activities and when the cooperative implements a robust management mechanism. Originality/Value - This study provides new, insightful results on how to engage with small fragmented farmers for SC collaboration and how to enhance the roles of cooperative SCs in the vegetable industry in Vietnam. It also provides information for policy makers to support sustainable vegetable SC development and maintain its sustainability.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Yang Y, Pham MH, Yang B, Sun JW, Tran PNT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Supply Chain Management

Year: 2022

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 54-65

Print publication date: 03/01/2022

Online publication date: 28/05/2021

Acceptance date: 21/01/2021

Date deposited: 22/01/2021

ISSN (print): 1359-8546

ISSN (electronic): 1758-6852

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited


DOI: 10.1108/SCM-05-2020-0194


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