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Impact of purchasing practices, supplier relationships and use of information technology on firm performance

Suhas Suresh Ambekar (Symbiosis International, University Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune, India and Research Scholar, Department of Commerce and Management, Shivaji University Kolhapur, Kolhapur, India)
Umesh Deshmukh (Department of Operations, CHH Shahu Institute of Business Education and Research, Kolhapur, India)
Manoj Hudnurkar (Department of Operations and Analytics, Symbiosis International University Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune, India)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Publication date: 28 December 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to establish an impact of supplier relationship and information and communication technology through purchasing practices on firm performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of relevant literature resulted in constructs, namely, supplier relationships, information and communication technology, purchasing practices and firm performance. A survey of 179 manufacturing companies through structured questionnaire was conducted. The responses were analysed through structural equation modelling using the partial least squares method.

Findings

It is observed that the firm performance is directly influenced by purchasing practices and indirectly by supplier relationships and information technology. The use of information technology in materials management affects supplier relationships and purchasing practices both.

Practical implications

The study provides a model for purchasing practitioners by highlighting the importance of supplier relationship management. Though the firms are running after improving technology, it can only affect firm performance through proper purchasing practices.

Originality/value

The study provides empirical evidence to the practical notions that exist in purchasing practitioners.

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Citation

Ambekar, S.S., Deshmukh, U. and Hudnurkar, M. (2020), "Impact of purchasing practices, supplier relationships and use of information technology on firm performance", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 118-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-10-2020-0182

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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