Supply chain resilience and supply chain sustainability: the mediating role of supply chain performance

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To ensure efficient, resilient, sustainable and competitive supply chain systems, supply chain managers and companies have drifted their attention and focus from being individuals and organizations to being supply chain. Supply chain managers now have the comprehensive responsibility of understanding and ensuring the complete performance of supply chain management systems to ensure the driven competitive advantage that organizations seek and to holistically improve the performance of the organizations whiles balancing the streamlined satisfaction of the consumers. A quantitative research design was employed for the study. The purpose of the study was to examine the role of supply chain performance on supply chain resilience and sustainability. A quantitative survey design was adopted by the study and a population of about 1,750 firms were used by the study. A total of 120 firms of the accra metropolitan area were sampled for the study and a questionnaire instrument was employed in gathering data from the top managers and staff of the sampled manufacturing firms accordingly. The study findings revealed that supply chain resilience positively and significant affects both sustainability performance and supply chain performance directly, whereas supply chain performance did not significantly affect sustainability performance. Also, supply chain performance did not significantly mediate the relationship between supply chain resilience and sustainability performance. The study therefore recommended that managers focus on developing their supply chain resilience capabilities to ensure that they are able to reap the positive benefits in both the short and long run, as it had significant ramifications for both supply chain and sustainability performance.
A thesis submitted to the department of supply chain and information systems, institute of distance learning in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of the degree of msc logistics and supply chain management