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The impact of sustainable supplier management practices on buyer-supplier performance: An empirical study in China

Fan Yang (College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)
Xiongfei Zhang (School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 6 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present an empirical study on the multidimensional relationships between sustainable supplier management (SSM) practices and buyer–supplier performance from the buying firms’ perspective. Specifically, the authors focus on four SSM practices, namely, sustainable supplier selection, sustainable supplier monitoring, sustainable supplier development and sustainable supplier collaboration, and test their effects on three buyer–supplier performance measures, namely, supplier performance, buyer–supplier relationship and buyer competitive advantage.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on data collected from 256 manufacturers across different geographical areas and industrial branches in Greater China. A conceptual model was proposed and tested using structural equation modeling technique with the help of SmartPLS 3.0.

Findings

The sustainable supplier development and sustainable supplier collaboration have positive relationships with supplier performance, while sustainable supplier selection, sustainable supplier monitoring and sustainable supplier collaboration have positive influence on buyer–supplier relationship and buyer competitive advantage. Furthermore, the relative importance and contributions of the individual measures was also identified.

Originality/value

This study simultaneously integrates the constructs of SSM practices and buyer–supplier performance. Moreover, it seeks to make a contribution to existing literature from a theoretical perspective by investigating the sub-dimensions of SSM practices and buyer–supplier performance.

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Citation

Yang, F. and Zhang, X. (2017), "The impact of sustainable supplier management practices on buyer-supplier performance: An empirical study in China", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 112-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/RIBS-08-2016-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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