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Intellectual capital, blockchain-driven supply chain and sustainable production: role of supply chain mapping

Intellectual capital, blockchain-driven supply chain and sustainable production: role of supply chain mapping
Intellectual capital, blockchain-driven supply chain and sustainable production: role of supply chain mapping
The production and consumption of products are held responsible for most environmental challenges and climatic changes, which adversely affect human lives and compromise the future of generations to come. Sustainable production appears as a strategic route to combat these adversities, the pursuit of which is highly challenging. In this study, we argue that Intellectual capital (IC), featured by human capital, relational capital, and structural capital, can play a dual role in improving the sustainable production of a firm. We put forward that IC contributes to sustainable production directly and indirectly through the adoption of blockchain-driven supply chain management (BCSCM). In this context, the objective of this study is to examine the impact of intellectual capital (IC) on sustainable production. The study also investigates the role of SC mapping and BCSCM in the association between IC and sustainable production. Data were collected from 289 textile firms of Pakistan and Bangladesh with the help of a designed questionnaire. The study employed CB-SEM to examine the modeled relationship. Further, PLS-Multi-group Analysis (MGA) was used for cross-country comparison of the results. The results diverge from the conventional wisdom exhibiting an insignificant direct impact of IC in sustainable production. Nevertheless, the results show a meaningful indirect effect of IC through BCSCM and SC mapping on sustainable production. Results also exhibit a significant direct impact of BCSCM on the sustainable production of a firm. The results call for consideration of IC and BCSCM in improving the sustainability of a firm.
Intellectual capital, Role of industry 4.0 based supply chain, Supply chain mapping, Sustainable production
0040-1625
Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov
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Mubarak, Muhammad Shujaat
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Khan, Sharfuddin Ahmed
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Mubarak, Muhammad Faraz
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Khan, Sharfuddin Ahmed
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Brown, Steve
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Mubarak, Muhammad Faraz
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Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov, Mubarak, Muhammad Shujaat, Khan, Sharfuddin Ahmed, Brown, Steve and Mubarak, Muhammad Faraz (2021) Intellectual capital, blockchain-driven supply chain and sustainable production: role of supply chain mapping. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, [121331]. (doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121331). (In Press)

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The production and consumption of products are held responsible for most environmental challenges and climatic changes, which adversely affect human lives and compromise the future of generations to come. Sustainable production appears as a strategic route to combat these adversities, the pursuit of which is highly challenging. In this study, we argue that Intellectual capital (IC), featured by human capital, relational capital, and structural capital, can play a dual role in improving the sustainable production of a firm. We put forward that IC contributes to sustainable production directly and indirectly through the adoption of blockchain-driven supply chain management (BCSCM). In this context, the objective of this study is to examine the impact of intellectual capital (IC) on sustainable production. The study also investigates the role of SC mapping and BCSCM in the association between IC and sustainable production. Data were collected from 289 textile firms of Pakistan and Bangladesh with the help of a designed questionnaire. The study employed CB-SEM to examine the modeled relationship. Further, PLS-Multi-group Analysis (MGA) was used for cross-country comparison of the results. The results diverge from the conventional wisdom exhibiting an insignificant direct impact of IC in sustainable production. Nevertheless, the results show a meaningful indirect effect of IC through BCSCM and SC mapping on sustainable production. Results also exhibit a significant direct impact of BCSCM on the sustainable production of a firm. The results call for consideration of IC and BCSCM in improving the sustainability of a firm.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 November 2021
Keywords: Intellectual capital, Role of industry 4.0 based supply chain, Supply chain mapping, Sustainable production

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Local EPrints ID: 452183
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/452183
ISSN: 0040-1625
PURE UUID: f94a8629-33d8-4f57-a0a0-b86da02cf1bc
ORCID for Simonov Kusi-Sarpong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1618-2518

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Date deposited: 29 Nov 2021 17:31
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:35

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Author: Muhammad Shujaat Mubarak
Author: Sharfuddin Ahmed Khan
Author: Steve Brown
Author: Muhammad Faraz Mubarak

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