Exploring the role of external pressure, environmental sustainability commitment, engagement, alliance and circular supply chain capability in circular economy performance

Yaw Agyabeng-Mensah, Ebenezer Afum, Charles Baah, Dacosta Essel

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Abstract

Purpose: This study explores the role of external pressure, engagement capability (ENC), alliance capability (ACA), environmental sustainability commitment (ESC), and circular supply chain capability in circular economy performance. 

Design/methodology/approach: Through a cross-sectional survey and data collected from 124 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana, this study employs partial least square structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) to test the proposed model. 

Findings: The findings reveal the following; first, external pressure has a significant impact on ESC. Second, ESC positively impacts ACA, ENC and circular supply chain capability. Third, ACA and ENC mediate the relationship between ESC and circular supply chain capability. Finally, circular supply chain capability has a significant impact on circular economy performance. 

Originality/value: The originality of this study lies in testing a novel model that confirms that SMEs respond to external pressure by enhancing ESC as well as develop engagement and alliance capabilities to improve circular supply chain capability to achieve circular economy performance goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-455
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
Volume52
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2022

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