Title: The role of information sharing and coordination in managing supply chain relationships

Authors: Hale Kaynak; Amelia S. Carr

Addresses: Department of Management, College of Business Administration, The University of Texas-Pan American, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999, USA ' Department of Management, College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA

Abstract: Although the literature contains much discussion of information sharing and coordination as critical factors in managing supply chains effectively, an integrated research model that investigates relationships among information sharing efficacy, coordination mechanisms, and buying firms' performance has not been offered. This study fills a gap in the supply chain management literature by empirically investigating the relationships among information sharing efficacy between firms, coordination mechanisms between firms, and the effects these relationships have on a buying firm's performance. We propose a theoretical model and test associated hypotheses by using cross-sectional mail survey data collected from a random sample of 223 firms. The implications of the findings for researchers and practitioners are discussed and further research directions are offered.

Keywords: information sharing; supplier involvement; firm performance; information coordination; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain relationships; supply chain integration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISM.2012.052775

International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, 2012 Vol.7 No.4, pp.246 - 271

Accepted: 06 Dec 2012
Published online: 10 Apr 2015 *

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