The aim of this paper is to develop a multidisciplinary approach towards supply chain partnering to increase sensitivity for providing more powerful explanations of this complex, dynamic and sometimes paradoxical phenomenon.
The methodology employed is conceptual theory development, grounded upon transaction cost economics, organizational design, and organization behaviour theory.
The main concerns of partnering are appropriation, coordination and adaptation. The relative importance of each concern varies depending on the partnership's stage of development. The paper argues that the different bodies of literature each emphasize a different concern. Consequently, the multidisciplinary approach developed has a temporal nature and the three mentioned bodies of literature fit in different stages with associated concerns.
Propositions for empirical testing are developed, regarding, for example, the impact of adaptation on the risk of appropriation.
Understanding the interrelation between the different concerns can increase the success of a partnership.
The temporal approach contributes by drawing a full picture of supply chain partnering, which is not obtained by viewing each one of its constituting bodies of literature in isolation.
Knoppen, D. and Christiaanse, E. (2007), "Supply chain partnering: a temporal multidisciplinary approach", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 164-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540710737343Download as .RIS
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