To examine the relationships between supplier development practices and supplier-buyer relationship practices from the supplier’s perspective

Sarang Joshi (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Manoj Kharat (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Rakesh Raut (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Sachin Kamble (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Sheetal Kamble (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between supplier development practices (SDPs) and supplier-buyer relationship practices from the supplier’s perspective (SBRSP), and seek to understand how specific SDPs may impact a buyer’s operational performance as well as supplier-buyer relationship practices.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a survey of 512 respondents from the different manufacturing firms in India and applied structural equation modelling to test a structural model that proposes the impacts of various efforts of SDPs on a buyer’s performance as well as SBRSP.

Findings

The study concludes that SDPs and SBRSP together improve the relationship between a buyer and supplier, and this improved relationship leads to competitive advantages (CAs) followed by profitability. Results indicate that supplier perspective of buyer-supplier relationship can be improved under the condition of SDPs and SBRSP together. SDPs are driven by productive measure and competitive pressure, whereas customer uncertainty is found to be statistically insignificant.

Research limitations/implications

The study was carried out in North Maharashtra Industrial Zone of India, where the auto sector and machine/components manufacturing firms have been established for a considerable period of time. Results of the study are limited to manufacturing organizations predominantly focussing on the automobile sector and machine/components manufacturing firms.

Practical implications

This study provides significant insights into the specific impact of various SDPs and SBRSP for both academics and practitioners. SDPs along with SBRSP practices lead to improvement in the relationship leading to CAs. SBRSP suggests that trust, long-term commitments and the supplier’s perspective are important practices for relationship improvement.

Originality/value

The current study attempts to identify what are the success factors for the supplier-buyer relationship from the supplier’s perspective and SDPs and how the supplier-buyer relationship can be improved under the condition of SDPs and SBRSP. Hence, the aim is to develop a more thorough understanding of the outcomes of a supplier-buyer relationship improvement from both buyer’s and supplier’s perspective, under the conditions of supplier development to achieve CAs leading to profitability. Furthermore, the study analyses the effect of the improved supplier-buyer relationship for achieving CAs leading to profitability.

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Citation

Joshi, S., Kharat, M., Raut, R., Kamble, S. and Kamble, S. (2017), "To examine the relationships between supplier development practices and supplier-buyer relationship practices from the supplier’s perspective", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 1309-1336. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-01-2016-0006

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