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Do network capabilities improve corporate financial performance? Evidence from financial supply chains

Wang, L. and Yan, J. and Chen, X. and Xu, Q. (2021) 'Do network capabilities improve corporate financial performance? Evidence from financial supply chains.', International journal of operations and production management., 41 (4). pp. 336-358.


Purpose: This study bridges the gap in the literature on supply chain finance (SCF) by exploring the relationship between network capabilities and corporate financial performance (CFP) in financial supply chains (FSCs). Methodology: We adopt panel data regression to analyse the joint investment activities among 1359 manufacturing firms and 289 financial service providers in China to explore how network capabilities, both network power and network centrality, improve CFP in the FSCs. Findings: Under the FSCs environments, network centrality (i.e., eigenvector centrality, closeness centrality, betweenness centrality) raises CFP (ROA, ROE, Tobin’s Q), and network power (node degree, clustering coefficient) also improves CFP. However, node strength from the network power stream has a negative effect on Tobin’s Q, indicating that when the partner of a firm has an extremely strong influence in FSCs, this weakens the bargaining ability and flexibility of focal firm, thus reducing its long-term financial performance. Originality: This study answers the call for more empirical research on SCF to provide a broader sample set of financial supply chain management (FSCM) from joint investment activities. This is one of the earliest studies to shed light on a new perspective—how network capabilities improve CFP in the FSCs. Practical implications: The joint investment activities among industrial chain partners and financial service providers help managers understand the advanced financing solutions generated by internal and external network organisations as well as be aware of network capabilities impact CFP in FSCs.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Supply chain finance solutions; Financial supply chain; Corporate financial performance; Network organisation; Investment activities
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Date accepted:19 January 2021
Date deposited:20 January 2021
Date of first online publication:12 March 2021
Date first made open access:20 January 2021

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