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The critical role of organisational learning and absorptive capacity in supply chain flexibility

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Keywords: absorptive capacity, learning, organisational learning, knowledge management, supply chain, supply chain flexibility, dynamic environments, change

In these days of dynamic and rapidly changing markets and environments, general organisational flexibility and adaptability are key components for a competitive advantage and organisational sustainability.

Political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal changes external to an organisation frequently have a significant impact on an organisation’s operations and viability. The ability of an organisation to be able to adapt and respond positively is a key organisational trait, particularly in times of volatility and change. Recently, attention has turned to how to increase the level of adaptability and flexibility within organisational supply chains.

Continued supply of materials and equipment during times of rapid change and volatility, including pricing fluctuations and political/economic upheaval, is a critical survival and success issue.

Little research has been conducted looking at what it is that facilitates supply chain flexibility and how organisations can develop a flexible supply chain strategy.

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