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Radical innovations as supply chain disruptions? A paradox between change and stability

Kocabasoglu-Hillmer, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6180-5636, Roden, S., Vanpoucke, E. , Son, B-G. ORCID: 0000-0002-7395-0598 & Lewis, M. W. (2023). Radical innovations as supply chain disruptions? A paradox between change and stability. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 59(3), pp. 3-19. doi: 10.1111/jscm.12299


Supply chains withstand multiple tensions, some of which are paradoxical. Radical product and process innovations bring such tensions to the forefront by disrupting supply chains. Using two illustrations, this article considers the paradoxical tension between change and stability in upstream supply chains, which becomes particularly salient after radical innovation. Furthermore, the article discusses why and how paradox theory can help firms understand and manage this pressing tension between stability and change. This article then presents future research opportunities for using paradox theory to investigate other persistent post-innovation tensions in upstream supply chains. The aim of this article is to encourage new studies that develop responses to such paradoxical tensions, an area ripe for research.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors. Journal of Supply Chain Management published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Publisher Keywords: paradox theory, radical process innovation, radical product innovation, supply chain disruption, theory development
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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