Complexity and the triple bottom line: An information processing perspective

Frank Wiengarten, M.U Ahmed, A Longoni, M Pagell, B Fynes

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to empirically investigate the impact of complexity on the triple bottom line by applying information-processing theory. Specifically, the paper assesses the impact of internal manufacturing complexity on environmental, social, and financial performance. Furthermore, the paper assesses the moderating role of connectivity and shared schema in reducing the potential negative impact of complexity on performance. Design/methodology/approach Multi-country survey data collected through the Global Manufacturing Research Group were utilized to test the hypotheses. The authors used structural equation modeling to test the measurement and initial structural model. Furthermore, to test the proposed moderating hypotheses, the authors applied the latent moderated structural equations approach. Findings The results indicate that while complexity has a negative impact on environmental and social performance, it does not significantly affect financial performance. Furthermore, this negative impact can be reduced, to some extent, through connectivity; however, shared schema does not significantly impact on the complexity-performance relationship. Originality/value This study presents a comprehensive analysis of the impact of complexity on sustainability. Furthermore, it provides managerial applications as it proposes specific tools to deal with the potential negative influences of complexity.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1142-1163
Number of pages42
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Volume37
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2017

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Information processing
Triple bottom line
Financial performance
Connectivity
Social performance
Environmental performance
Information processing theory
Survey data
Manufacturing
Sustainability
Design methodology
Structural equation modeling
Structural model
Global manufacturing
Structural equations

Keywords

  • Complexity
  • Sustainability
  • Triple bottom line
  • Information-processing theory

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Wiengarten, F., Ahmed, M. U., Longoni, A., Pagell, M., & Fynes, B. (2017). Complexity and the triple bottom line: An information processing perspective. 37(9), 1142-1163. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-06-2016-0292
Wiengarten, Frank ; Ahmed, M.U ; Longoni, A ; Pagell, M ; Fynes, B. / Complexity and the triple bottom line: An information processing perspective. 2017 ; Vol. 37, No. 9. pp. 1142-1163.
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Complexity and the triple bottom line: An information processing perspective. / Wiengarten, Frank; Ahmed, M.U; Longoni, A; Pagell, M; Fynes, B.

Vol. 37, No. 9, 04.09.2017, p. 1142-1163.

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Wiengarten F, Ahmed MU, Longoni A, Pagell M, Fynes B. Complexity and the triple bottom line: An information processing perspective. 2017 Sep 4;37(9):1142-1163. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-06-2016-0292