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Suppliers' opportunity enactment through the development of valuable capabilities

Kristian Philipsen (Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark)
Torben Damgaard (Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark)
Rhona E. Johnsen (The Business School, Institute of Business and Law, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 1 January 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and application of a theoretical framework to examine the connections between different types of suppliers, their capabilities and opportunities in customer relationships, and the illustration of these connections through the findings from empirical case studies of small and medium‐sized suppliers in the metal industry in Denmark.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple case studies involving 17 small and medium‐sized suppliers within the Danish metal industry were undertaken.

Findings

By focusing on the development of capabilities that are “valuable” to customers in specific types of supply, small and medium‐sized suppliers may improve their responses to opportunities in their customer relationships.

Research limitations/implications

Further investigation is needed on the longer‐term impacts of valuable capabilities on opportunity enactment by suppliers, and the examination of key issues arising from these findings across different industries and countries.

Practical implications

Small and medium‐sized suppliers, their customers and government agencies involved with suppliers should advocate and actively support the development of valuable capabilities to enhance the effectiveness of suppliers' relationship and network strategies and their potential to seize opportunities.

Originality/value

This study highlights that different types of suppliers require different types of current and future valuable capabilities to seize opportunities and sustain current customers or develop new customer relationships.

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Citation

Philipsen, K., Damgaard, T. and Johnsen, R.E. (2008), "Suppliers' opportunity enactment through the development of valuable capabilities", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 23-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/08858620810841461

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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