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The effects of relationship quality and lean applications on buyer-seller relationships

The effects of relationship quality and lean applications on buyer-seller relationships The primary purpose of this study is to introduce a new measurement instrument for leanness that represents the more philosophical aspect of this paradigm. The secondary purpose is to examine possible interactions between relationship quality and lean applications in buyer-seller relationships and then evaluate their impact on firm performance. Assuming that the lean production has not been developed solely for automotive producers, this study was applied to the retail sector and used to evaluate the extent of lean perception in this sector. Based on the data from 427 supplier firms in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailing sector, the hypotheses were tested using a structural equation modelling (SEM). The findings indicate that lean applications have a positive effect on firm performance while some of the relationship quality factors (between retailer and supplier) have relatively less effect on firm performance in suppliers’ organisations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling Inderscience Publishers

The effects of relationship quality and lean applications on buyer-seller relationships

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1758-9401
eISSN
1758-941X
DOI
10.1504/IJBPSCM.2013.058204
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Abstract

The primary purpose of this study is to introduce a new measurement instrument for leanness that represents the more philosophical aspect of this paradigm. The secondary purpose is to examine possible interactions between relationship quality and lean applications in buyer-seller relationships and then evaluate their impact on firm performance. Assuming that the lean production has not been developed solely for automotive producers, this study was applied to the retail sector and used to evaluate the extent of lean perception in this sector. Based on the data from 427 supplier firms in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailing sector, the hypotheses were tested using a structural equation modelling (SEM). The findings indicate that lean applications have a positive effect on firm performance while some of the relationship quality factors (between retailer and supplier) have relatively less effect on firm performance in suppliers’ organisations.

Journal

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain ModellingInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2013

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