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Successful supplier integration in the Chinese automotive industry: a theoretical framework
by Martin Lockstrom, Joachim Schadel, Roger Moser, Norma J. Harrison
International Journal of Integrated Supply Management (IJISM), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010


Abstract: This paper seeks to develop a supplier integration framework in a Chinese context based on existing theories and empirical insights from the Chinese automotive industry. The objective is to develop a framework and identify a number of factors that can potentially facilitate supplier integration and ultimately improve supply chain performance. The framework comprises a causal chain with four key constructs, starting with supply chain leadership as an antecedent to alliance readiness, which in turn is proposed to yield a higher degree of supplier integration. Eventually, a higher degree of supplier integration is proposed to positively influence supply chain performance. By building on prior research and 30 case studies, the framework provides a China-specific approach to supplier integration and offers insights into the current status in the Chinese automotive industry.

Online publication date: Mon, 05-Jul-2010


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