Do motives contribute to sustainable supply chain management? A Motive–Ability–Opportunity triangle research perspective

Drawing on resource-based view and upper-echelon theory, this research constructs a Motive–Ability–Opportunity triangle to explore the effect of motives (e.g. internal and external motive) on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and examine whether the effect can be influenced by ability (resource slack) and opportunity (top management support) factors. These relationships are tested using survey data collected from 197 responses. Results show that internal motive and external motive are both positively related to SSCM. Compared with internal motive, external motive has a greater effect on SSCM. Furthermore, resource slack and top management support can strengthen the effect of motives on SSCM. Meanwhile, the moderating effect of resource slack on the relationship between motives and SSCM is larger than the moderating effect of top management support. This research contributes to organisational sustainability management especially SSCM and can provide implications for policy makers and stakeholder groups to inspire firms to practice SSCM.


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  • Accession Number: 01847043
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2022 9:37AM