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The impact of digital traceability on sustainability performance: investigating the roles of sustainability-oriented innovation and supply chain learning

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Haiyan LuORCiD



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Purpose – Food sustainability is a world-acknowledged issue that requires urgent integrated solutions at multi-levels. This study aims to explorehow food firms can improve their sustainability performance through digital traceability practices, considering the mediating effect of sustainabilityorientedinnovation (SOI) and the moderating effect of supply chain learning (SCL) for the food supply chain therein.Design/methodology/approach – Hierarchical regression with a moderated mediation model is used to test the proposed hypotheses with asample of 359 food firms from four provinces in China.Findings – Digital traceability has a significant positive impact on the three pillars of sustainability performances among food firms. SOI (productinnovation, process innovation and organisational innovation) mediates the relationship between digital traceability and sustainability performance.SCL plays moderating roles in the linkage between digital traceability and both product and process innovation, respectively.Originality/value – This paper contributes as one of the first studies to develop digital traceability practices and their sustainability-relatedimprovements for Chinese food firms; it extends studies on supply chain traceability to a typical emerging market. This finding can support foodsustainability practice in terms of where and how to invest in sustainability innovation and how to improve economic, environmental and socialperformance.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhou X, Lu H, Kumar Mangla S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Supply Chain Management

Year: 2024

Pages: epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 27/02/2024

Acceptance date: 07/02/2024

Date deposited: 19/03/2024

ISSN (print): 1359-8546

ISSN (electronic): 1758-6852

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited


DOI: 10.1108/SCM-01-2023-0047

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/jvhx-8z26


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National Natural Science Foundation of China (71872155)