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A balance of economic advancement and social needs via improving supply chain traceability for future food sustainability: an empirical study from China

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Haiyan LuORCiD



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Sustainability issues in the food industry have been witnessed to impact on public stability, human health andliving standards in the past decades. Practitioners and academia have raised attention to develop supply chain traceability (SCT) in the context of Industry 4.0 technologies in order to improve operational efficiency andreduce environmental impact. Drawing on the extended knowledge-based view, this study has collected 303questionnaire surveys to test the impact of SCT practices on improving food manufacturers’ sustainabilityperformance, addressing on the economic, environmental and social sustainability, with consideration ofknowledge integration and environmental dynamism. Our results show that: (1) SCT has a significant positiveimpact on the three pillars of sustainability performances among food manufacturers. (2) Knowledgeintegration mediates the relationship between SCT and sustainability performance; (3) Environmentaldynamism plays a moderating role in the direct path between SCT and social performance. This studycontributes new theoretical insights to highlight knowledge integration in support of traceback investigation forimproving sustainability performance a dynamic environment. The results make substantial contributions onbetter implementation of sustainable food supply chain, to enhance operations and supply chain practices in thefood chain, and to support government policymaking in an environmental dynamic context.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhou X, Lu H, Xu Z

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Production Planning and Control

Year: 2023

Pages: epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 09/08/2023

Acceptance date: 13/07/2023

Date deposited: 02/08/2023

ISSN (print): 0953-7287

ISSN (electronic): 1366-5871

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2023.2240751

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/kwf8-h888


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