Supply chain environmental R&D cooperation and product performance: Exploring the network dynamics of positional embeddedness Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2018

start page

  • 288

end page

  • 303


  • 4


  • 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1478-4092


  • Companies increasingly need to work with their partners to address sustainability issues, but benefits from environmental R&D cooperation can be limited by the complexity of its management. This paper examines how the interplay between dyadic and network relationships can contribute to increase the success of environmental R&D cooperation. Using secondary data, we examine whether the positional embeddedness in the supply network structure of partners engaged in environmental R&D cooperation amplifies the effects of cooperation on product performance. Non-monotonic effects of environmental R&D cooperation and embeddedness are also tested. The results indicate that the positional embeddedness of partners triggered by multiple sourcing strategy amplifies the effects of environmental R&D cooperation on product environmental performance. The interaction effects become however insignificant in the presence of increasing complexity and excessive environmental R&D cooperation.


  • Business


  • sustainability; sourcing; embeddedness; innovation; collaboration; supplynetwork; complex adaptive systems; resource-based view; regulatory uncertainty; social-structure; development collaboration; structural embeddedness; competitive advantage; eco-innovations; moderating role; value creation