Investigating the strategies for supply chain agility and competitiveness

Samudi Perera, Claudine Soosay, Sukhbir Sandhu

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Manuscript type: Research paper Research aims: This study explores the strategies that enable firms to establish supply chain agility and competitiveness in Australian manufacturing firms. Design/Methodology/Approach: Using a case study approach, interviews are conducted with eight Australian manufacturing firms. Underpinned by the dynamic capability perspective, data are then thematically analysed to derive the findings. Research findings: Agility strategies are based on collaborative efforts, requiring information sharing among firms in the supply chain and diversifying core competencies in a strategic manner to remain competitive. Theoretical contribution/Originality: This study shows how dynamic capabilities foster competitive advantage. It identifies both the strategic and operational agility which enable firms to respond to market changes and to remain competitive. Practitioner/Policy implication: The manufacturing industry in Australia is undergoing a transition where Australian manufacturers need to transform and be more agile by leveraging their competencies and supply chains collectively. Research limitation/implications: The results are based on a crosssectional study of firms identified from the Australian manufacturing industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-312
Number of pages34
JournalAsian Journal of Business and Accounting
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Agility
  • Australian manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • Supply chains


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