Supply chain complexity: a meta-analysis
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Akın Ateş, Melek and Suurmond, Robert and Luzzini, Davide and Krause, Daniel (2021) Supply chain complexity: a meta-analysis. In: 28th EurOMA Conference, Online
Many interrelated factors make contemporary supply chains utterly complex. While previous research indicates that supply chain complexity plays an important role in explaining performance outcomes, the accumulating evidence is ambiguous. By meta-analyzing 27,668 observations across 102 independent samples from 123 empirical studies, we examine the link between supply chain complexity and firm performance, both split into sub-dimensions. While the preponderance of evidence from previous studies identifies supply chain complexity as detrimental to firm performance, our results illustrate that although supply chain complexity has a negative effect on operational performance, it has a positive effect on innovation performance and financial performance.
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