Understanding supplier sustainability performance: the role of dependence and relational capital
Akın Ateş, Melek and Güleryüz, Atakan and Güleryüz, İrem and Arslan, Ataberk (2019) Understanding supplier sustainability performance: the role of dependence and relational capital. METU Studies in Development, 46 (2). pp. 97-127. ISSN 1010-9935
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With increasing stakeholder pressure to improve sustainability performance, firms focus on understanding how buyer-supplier relationship characteristics play a role in encouraging or jeopardizing supplier sustainability efforts. In this study, we examine how buyer-supplier dependence and relational capital affect the environmental and social performance of suppliers. We adopt an embedded, multiple-case study design, and examine five large buying firms in Turkey and their multiple suppliers at the dyadic level. Our findings suggest that there is a complex interplay between dependence and relational capital, illustrating both complementary and conflicting roles on supplier sustainability performance. We develop propositions to be tested in future studies.
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