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Imran Ali, Ahmad Arslan, Maruf Chowdhury, Zaheer Khan, Shlomo Y. Tarba, Reimagining global food value chains through effective resilience to COVID-19 shocks and similar future events: A dynamic capability perspective, Journal of Business Research, Volume 141, 2022, Pages 1-12, ISSN 0148-2963,

Reimagining global food value chains through effective resilience to COVID-19 shocks and similar future events : a dynamic capability perspective

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Author: Ali, Imran1; Arslan, Ahmad2; Chowdhury, Maruf3;
Organizations: 1School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University, Melbourne Campus, Australia
2Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
3Management Discipline, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
4Business School, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
5InnoLab, University of Vaasa, Finland
6Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-19


The restructuring of global value/supply chains gained increasing attention as the unprecedented COVID-19 echoed around the world. Yet, the COVID-19 related theory-driven, large scale quantitative, and empirical studies are relatively scarce. This study advances the extant literature by empirically investigating how do firms in the global food value chains (GFVCs) re-imagine their businesses structure in response to the COVID-19—becoming more resilient and competitive to the current pandemic and similar future events. We leverage a unique data of 231 senior managers of the Australian GFVCs and examine their firms’ response strategies. Drawing upon key insights from the dynamic capability view, we find that GFVCs’ competitiveness is achieved when exposure to COVID-19 shocks elicits dynamic capabilities—readiness, response, recovery—and these capabilities work jointly and sequentially to cultivate resilience. A key finding of this study is that firms with domestic plus global value chain partners are more resilient than those having only global business partners. This finding implies that excessive reliance on offshoring sometimes becomes lethal, especially amid unexpected and prolonged global shocks and, therefore, companies should strike a balance between domestic and global business partners to remain competitive. These findings offer important contributions to theory, practice, and UN sustainable development goals.

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Series: Journal of business research
ISSN: 0148-2963
ISSN-E: 1873-7978
ISSN-L: 0148-2963
Volume: 141
Pages: 1 - 12
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.12.006
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (