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Manufacturing firms' credibility towards customers and operational performance: the counteracting roles of corruption and ICT readiness
- Journal Article
Firms benefit from being reliable and trustworthy towards their customers. In many countries, however, corruption spills over to supply chain relationship practices and weakens a firm's credibility towards its customers (CTC). In this study, we investigate the influence of corruption on the relationship between CTC and firm performance. Empirical analyses of manufacturing firms in multiple countries demonstrate that corruption diminishes the effect of CTC on firms' operational performance. Moreover, a country's information and communication technology (ICT) readiness can counteract the negative impact of corruption. Our study adds to the literature on supply chain relationship management by considering the influence of two institutional contingencies (i.e. corruption and ICT readiness) on the effectiveness of CTC as an important mechanism of supply chain governance. Our study complements the literature on transaction cost economics and urges managers to consider the two characteristics of their firms' institutional environments when managing relationships in their supply chains. Show more
Journal / seriesInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
PublisherTaylor & Francis
SubjectCredibility towards customers; corruption; information and communication technology; supply chain relationship; operational performance; ridge regression
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