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Relational factors that explain supply chain relationships

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Mario Ferrer, Ricardo Santa, Paul Hyland, Philip Bretherton
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to gain a better understanding of the types of relationships that exist along the supply chain and the capabilities that are needed to manage them effectively. Design/methodology/approach – This is exploratory research as there has been little empirical research into this area. Quantitative data were gathered by using a self-administered questionnaire, using the Australian road freight industry as the context. There were 132 usable responses. Inferential and descriptive analysis, including factor analysis, confirmatory factor and regression analysis was used to examine the predictive power of relational factors in inter-firm relationships. Findings – Three factors were identified as having significant influence on relationships: sharing, power and interdependency. ‘‘Sharing’’ is the willingness of the organisation to share resources with other members of the supply chain. ‘‘Power’’ relates to exercising control based on experience, knowledge and position in the supply chain. ‘‘Interdependency’’ is the relative levels of dependency along the supply chain. Research limitations/implications – The research only looks at the Australian road freight industry; a wider sample including other industries would help to strengthen the generalisability ofthe findings. Practical implications – When these factors are correlated to the types of relationship, arm’s length, cooperation, collaboration and alliances, managerial implications can be identified. The more road freight businesses place importance on power, the less they will cooperate. The greater the importance of sharing and interdependency, the greater is the likelihood of arm’s length relationships. Originality/value – This paper makes a contribution by describing empirical work conducted in an under-researched but important area – supply chain relationships in the Australian road freight industry.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

22

Issue

3

Start Page

419

End Page

440

Number of Pages

22

ISSN

1355-5855

Location

Northampton, UK

Publisher

Richard Withfield Emerald Publishing Group Limited

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Charles Darwin University; Faculty of Business and Informatics; Queensland University of Technology; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Asia Pacific journal of marketing and logistics.