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An investigation of the cross-border supplier development process: problems and implications in an emerging economy

Khan, Zaheer and Nicholson, John (2014) An investigation of the cross-border supplier development process: problems and implications in an emerging economy. International Business Review, 23 (6). pp. 1212-1222. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with supplier development in an emerging-market. The context of the study is the interaction between Pakistani suppliers and Japanese automotive manufacturers in equity joint ventures operating in Pakistan. Using a novel approach, drawing data from buyers ‘and’ suppliers, the
paper presents a three-stage (evaluation, exploration and interactive) teleological process theory that highlights the key relational, knowledge transfer, and operational factors that signify each stage. Key conclusions are drawn as to the importance of relational ties, and the early importance of absorptive capacity. Notions of stasis implied by predominantly cross-sectional research into supplier development are challenged and the findings reveal many factors that demonstrate temporal dynamics. The paper also highlights CSR dilemmas for developed-country investors who are establishing supplier development programmes in developing economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automotive industry, Developing markets, Inter-firm supply-chain relationships, International supplier development, Knowledge-transfer process
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 10:36
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 14:49
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/33726

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