Driving innovation in supply chains: an examination of advanced manufacturing and food industries

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Purpose–The purpose of this study is to investigate how supply chains can become more resilient through innovation initiatives. It examines the expansion and deepening of relationships between buyers and suppliers and the facilitatory role of the government in this process.

Design/methodology/approach–This study compares supply chains in the advanced manufacturing and food industries. It is based on qualitative research involving case studies and in-depth interviews with buyers, suppliers and facilitators from government.

Findings–The study reveals that innovation is critical in building more resilient supply chains. It uncovers the importance of power distribution,coordination, communication, trust and commitment for innovation within these relationships.

Practical implications–It provides implications about how best to develop effective buyer–supplier relationships through innovation and diversification, for marketing and purchasing managers, CEOs of manufacturing companies and suppliers and government players with responsibility for industry development and innovation.

Originality/value–It advances the industrial buyer–supplier literature by extending the predominantly business-to-business supply chain perspective to include the role of government in supply chains and their innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-847
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business & Industrial Marketing
Issue number5
Early online date23 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2020


  • Innovation
  • Supply chains
  • Innovation networks
  • Buyer–supplier relationships
  • Industrial buying


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