A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

The role of supply management innovativeness and supplier orientation in firms’ sustainability performance

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Lintukangas Katrina, Kähkönen Anni-Kaisa, Hallikas Jukka
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Volume number: 25
Issue number: 4
ISSN: 1478-4092
eISSN: 1873-6505
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Questions about the influencing factors and
measurement of firms’ sustainability performance have attracted growing
research interest, as the requirements for sustainability have steadily
increased. This study examines whether supply management innovativeness and supplier
orientation make positive impacts on firms’ overall sustainability performance.
An empirical study based on a survey targeting large- and medium-sized
manufacturing companies in Finland shows that innovativeness in supply
management considerably influences a firm’s overall sustainability performance
and that supplier orientation positively relates to sustainability performance.
The benefits of innovativeness in supply management and strategic supplier
orientation are directly realised in sustainability performance. Therefore, supply management is not only a gatekeeper against
sustainability risks arising from the supply base but is also a function by
which new ideas aiming to influence supply markets and firms’ sustainability
are presented.

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