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Impact of interpersonal justice and information accuracy in a pharmaceutical supply chain: a survey-based analysis

Changjoon Lee (Sogang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing

ISSN: 1750-6123

Article publication date: 8 April 2021

Issue publication date: 9 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the influence of interpersonal justice, a sub-concept of interactional justice, on information accuracy and logistics performance in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

For this purpose, 600 pharmacies in Korea were surveyed through questionnaires distributed via mail and direct visits and 293 valid responses were used for statistical analysis.

Findings

According to the results, the perception of interpersonal justice between buyers and sellers showed a positive effect on information accuracy, which, in turn, had a positive effect on logistics performance within the supply chain. In contrast, interpersonal justice showed an insignificant effect on logistics performance.

Practical implications

This signifies that if buyers treat sellers with respect and politeness, the accuracy of the information provided by the seller will improve, which may ultimately have a positive effect on performance. In addition, ethical behavior by both parties ensures information accuracy in the supply chain, even though it does not directly affect performance.

Originality/value

In contrast to previous research, which has focused on distributive and procedural justice, the study investigates interpersonal justice and its effects on information accuracy and logistics performance in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Acknowledgements

Conflicts of Interest: The author declares no conflict of interest.

Citation

Lee, C. (2021), "Impact of interpersonal justice and information accuracy in a pharmaceutical supply chain: a survey-based analysis", International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 269-281. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPHM-06-2020-0046

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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