Antecedents to supplier integration in the automotive industry: A multiple-case study of foreign subsidiaries in China

Martin Lockström (First Author), Norma Harrison (Participant Author), Joachim Schadel (Participant Author), Roger Moser (Participant Author), Manoj K. Malhotra (Participant Author)

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Abstract

Supplier integration has become an important concept for improving supply chain performance. The aim of this paper is to identify factors that facilitate and inhibit supplier integration in the context of the Chinese automotive industry. An inductive approach based on grounded theory was chosen as the research methodology, where data was collected through 30 detailed case interviews with subsidiaries of foreign automotive companies operating in China. The results indicate that buyer-side leadership is an important antecedent for building motivation, trust, and commitment among suppliers and for shaping their mindsets. This, in turn, facilitates strategic alignment and enables suppliers to build collaborative capabilities, which are finally shown to be a key enabler for successful supplier integration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-256
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Corresponding author email

mlockstrom@ceibs.edu

Project name

BMW-SMI Centre;;EADS-SMI Endowed Chair

Project sponsor

其他

Keywords

  • Automotive
  • CHAIN
  • China
  • Collaborative relationship
  • LEADERSHIP
  • MANAGEMENT
  • OPERATIONS
  • PERFORMANCE
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
  • STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
  • Supplier integration
  • VALUE CREATION

Indexed by

  • ABDC-A*
  • SCIE
  • Scopus
  • SSCI

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