Relationship Stability and Supplier Commitment to Quality

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This study explores the link between relationship stability and supplier commitment to quality, and the contingency of the link on characteristics of transactions within the framework of transaction cost analysis. Data collected from 358 suppliers of a globalized firm suggest that supplier firms regard a stable relationship as being positively linked to their commitment to quality for the focal buyer firm. It was also found that the link is stronger when the suppliers' perceptions of a certainty of supply with the buyer firm are greater, while asset specificity and transaction frequency have no impact on the link. A discussion of the results and of the implications of the findings is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-410
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2005


  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Commitment
  • Quality assurance
  • Supplier management
  • Transaction cost analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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