A framework for the successful implementation of food traceability systems in China

Yanqing Duan, Meiyin Miao, Ruimei Wang, Zetian Fy, Mark Xu

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Implementation of food traceability systems in China faces many challenges due to the scale, diversity and complexity of China’s food supply chains. This study aims to identify critical success factors specific to the implementation of traceability systems in China. Twenty-seven critical success factors were identified in the literature. Interviews with managers at four food enterprises in a pre-study helped identify success criteria and five additional critical success factors. These critical success factors were tested through a survey of managers in eighty-three food companies. This study identifies six dimensions for critical success factors: laws, regulations and standards; government support; consumer knowledge and support; effective management and communication; top management and vendor support; and information and system quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-242
Number of pages17
JournalThe Information Society
Issue number4
Early online date2 Jun 2017
Publication statusEarly online - 2 Jun 2017


  • Chinese food enterprises
  • critical success factors
  • information systems success
  • traceability systems


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