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Is guanxi important in a buyer-supplier relationship? Case of Chinese logistics industry

Is guanxi important in a buyer-supplier relationship? Case of Chinese logistics industry The purpose of this paper is to unveil negative outcomes associated with an absence of guanxi in a buyer–supplier relationship in Chinese logistics industry.Design/methodology/approachThis study uses a case study methodology using 16 semi-structured interviews with managers engaged in the process of buying and selling logistics services in China.FindingsBased on the qualitative interviews, managers experience lack of trust, lack of communication flow and reduced business volume when guanxi is absent in a buyer–supplier relationship in the Chinese logistics industry.Research limitations/implicationsThis study has some limitations. First, the results of this study are not generalizable to a broader population. Second, this study explores behavioral patterns with respect to Chinese business culture only.Practical implicationsFirms can use the findings from this study to understand the consequence they can face when guanxi is absent in a buyer–supplier relationship.Originality/valueThis study attempts to offer a balanced perspective on the role of guanxi in a buyer–supplier relationship, particularly in the Chinese logistics industry, by considering how an absence of guanxi generates negative outcomes for firms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Asia Business Studies Emerald Publishing

Is guanxi important in a buyer-supplier relationship? Case of Chinese logistics industry

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1558-7894
DOI
10.1108/jabs-04-2019-0127
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to unveil negative outcomes associated with an absence of guanxi in a buyer–supplier relationship in Chinese logistics industry.Design/methodology/approachThis study uses a case study methodology using 16 semi-structured interviews with managers engaged in the process of buying and selling logistics services in China.FindingsBased on the qualitative interviews, managers experience lack of trust, lack of communication flow and reduced business volume when guanxi is absent in a buyer–supplier relationship in the Chinese logistics industry.Research limitations/implicationsThis study has some limitations. First, the results of this study are not generalizable to a broader population. Second, this study explores behavioral patterns with respect to Chinese business culture only.Practical implicationsFirms can use the findings from this study to understand the consequence they can face when guanxi is absent in a buyer–supplier relationship.Originality/valueThis study attempts to offer a balanced perspective on the role of guanxi in a buyer–supplier relationship, particularly in the Chinese logistics industry, by considering how an absence of guanxi generates negative outcomes for firms.

Journal

Journal of Asia Business StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 10, 2020

Keywords: Buyer–supplier relationships; Guanxi; Logistics industry; China; Case study; Logistics; Buyer–supplier exchange

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