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Ali, I., Arslan, A., Tarba, S., & Mainela, T. (2023). Supply chain resilience to climate change inflicted extreme events in agri-food industry: The role of social capital and network complexity. International Journal of Production Economics, 264, 108968.

Supply chain resilience to climate change inflicted extreme events in agri-food industry : the role of social capital and network complexity

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Author: Ali, Imran1; Arslan, Ahmad2; Tarba, Shlomo3;
Organizations: 1School of Business & Law, Central Queensland University, Melbourne Campus, Australia
2Department of Marketing, Management & International Business, University of Oulu, Finland
3Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2023
Publish Date: 2026-07-06


In light of climate change inflicted extreme events—such as floods, fires, droughts, storms, and hurricanes, along with the consequent widespread business disruptions—supply chain resilience (SCR) has emerged as a critical tool to sustain business performance. However, little in-depth theoretical and empirical research has been conducted in relation to the link between exposure to climate change and SCR and the underlying mechanisms and boundary conditions that explicate this relationship. Using time-lagged data drawn from 260 firms in the Australian food supply chains, we examined how exposure to climate change influences SCR in the face of extreme events, and whether intra- and inter-firm social capital and network complexity affect this relationship. Our analysis revealed that exposure to climate change events has a direct positive—albeit not statistically significant—influence on SCR to extreme events. Nevertheless, we found that exposure to climate change significantly and positively influences SCR to extreme events through the mediation of intra- and inter-firm social capital. Additionally, we uncovered that network complexity does not influence the effect of intra-firm social capital on SCR to extreme events, whereas it does negatively influence that of inter-firm social capital. The reliability and validity of our results were confirmed by means of robustness tests. Our study, which has several theoretical and practical implications, makes specific contributions to the United Nations Development Goals.

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Series: International journal of production economics
ISSN: 0925-5273
ISSN-E: 1873-7579
ISSN-L: 0925-5273
Volume: 264
Article number: 108968
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2023.108968
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2023. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license