Knowledge acquisition in supply chain partnerships: the role of power
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AbstractThe aim of this research is to address this gap by examining the relationship between power, knowledge acquisition and supply chain performance among the supply chain partners of a focal Chinese steel manufacturer. A structured survey was used to collect the necessary data. Two conceptually independent variables – ‘availability of alternatives' and ‘restraint in the use of power' – were used to assess actual and realised power respectively. Controlling for contingencies, we found that the flow of knowledge increased when supply chain actors had limited alternatives and when the more powerful actor exercised restraint in the use of power. Moreover, we found a positive relationship between knowledge acquisition and supply chain performance. This paper enriches the literature by empirically extending our understanding of how power affects knowledge acquisition and performance.
CitationHe, Q., Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D. (2012) 'Knowledge Acquisition in Supply Chain Partnerships: The Role of Power' International Journal of Production Economics 14.1(2), 605–618