The Impact of Supplier Development on Buyer Competitive Advantage: A Path Analytic Model

Wenli Li, Paul K. Humphreys, Andy C. L. Yeung, T. C. E. Cheng

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As manufacturing firms increasingly realize that supplier performance is crucial to their establishing and maintaining competitive advantage, supplier development has been a subject of considerable research in supply chain management. We develop and test a path model to explore how supplier development practices affect buyersupplier performance from the buying firms perspective in the context of Hong Kongs electronics industry. The results show that top management, supplier evaluation, and supplier strategic objectives are significant determinants of transaction-specific supplier development, and that buyers that have closer collaborative relationships with suppliers may strengthen their competitive advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-366
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Competitive advantage
  • Path model
  • Supplier development

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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