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The influence of collaboration-oriented organisational capabilities on supply chain competence among small and medium enterprises

David Pooe, Watson Munyanyi
Acta Commercii | Vol 19, No 2 | a656 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v19i2.656 | © 2019 David Pooe, Watson Munyanyi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 2018 | Published: 08 April 2019

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David Pooe, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Watson Munyanyi, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: In the contemporary business environment, there is need for firms to strategically interact with partners beyond boundaries, and by collaborating these firms can access resource and technologies beyond their limits.

Research purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of collaboration-oriented organisational capabilities (COOC) on supply chain competence among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Zimbabwe.

Motivation for the study: Small and medium enterprises in Zimbabwe have experienced limited growth, primarily because of their failure to nurture and steer their competencies. The literature suggests that there is value in synchronised cooperative and competitive interactions between firms as such interactions incentivise the pursuit of shared interests.

Research design, approach and method: Through a cross-sectional survey, data were collected from 388 SMEs in Zimbabwe, and structural equation modelling was used to analyse the data.

Main findings: The study specifically found that there is a positive and significant relationship between collaboration-oriented capabilities and supply chain competence.

Practical/managerial implications: The results of this study demonstrate the critical role of organisational capabilities in achieving supply chain competence. The study proves that collaborative capabilities are central to the supply chain success of SMEs, with the possibility of influencing also the firm’s sustainable competitive advantage in line with the dynamic capabilities theory.

Contribution/value-add: This study sheds light on the possibility of enhancing the overall supply chain competence of SMEs by establishing and empirically testing the relationships between COOC and supply chain competence.

Keywords: customer interaction management capability; partnering proactiveness; supply chain competence; alliance management capability; SMEs; small and medium enterprises.


Keywords

customer interaction management capability; partnering proactiveness; supply chain competence; alliance management capability; SMEs

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