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The technological evolution of food traceability systems and their impact on firm sustainable performance: A RBV approach

Brofman Epelbaum, Freddy Moises, Garcia Martinez, Marian (2014) The technological evolution of food traceability systems and their impact on firm sustainable performance: A RBV approach. International Journal of Production Economics, 150 . pp. 215-224. ISSN 0925-5273. (doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.01.007) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical framework grounded on the Resource Based View (RBV) of the firm to determine the strategic impacts from the technological evolution of food traceability systems. By viewing food traceability systems as unique resources embedded in firms' routines, the research aims to establish the effects of technological innovations on firm sustainable performance. We empirically test our theoretical framework using data from an online survey to UK food companies that have implemented technological innovations in their traceability systems. Regression analysis supports our overall hypothesis that firms gain sustainable competitive advantage by innovating food traceability systems. Technological innovations in human resources are a major source of improved sustainable performance as they make the resource non-substitutable in the short and medium term. This article provides important policy implications for regulators and businesses as food traceability systems become integral to ensure food supply chain integrity. Regulatory interventions do not drive the technological evolution of food traceability systems; innovation relates to the idiosyncratic situation of the firm, making firms to compete to obtain the right non-substitutable resources, particularly human, to work with regulators.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.01.007
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2014/4// [EPrints field already has value set] JO - International Journal of Production Economics [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Food traceability systems, Resource based view, Technological Innovation, Firm sustainable performance.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 16:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38341 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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