Understanding the structural characteristics of a firm's whole buyer--supplier network and its impact on international business performance

Sharma, A and Kumar, V and Yan, J and Borah, S B and Adhikary, A (2019) Understanding the structural characteristics of a firm's whole buyer--supplier network and its impact on international business performance. Journal of International Business Studies.

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Abstract

Building on the network theory and the concept of organizational ambidexterity, we investigate the impact of structural characteristics of a firm's whole buyer--supplier network: network density, betweenness centralization, and average clustering coefficient on its international business (IB) performance. We also explore the moderating roles of average path length and PageRank centrality. Using a manually-collected dataset and a robust empirical methodology, we find that, while network density is negatively related, betweenness centralization and average clustering coefficient have an inverted U-shape and a U-shaped relationship with IB performance, respectively. We also find significant moderation effects, and, in the process, we show the economic importance of firms' whole buyer--supplier network to their IB performance. We contribute to the international business and whole buyer--supplier network literature.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: whole buyer–supplier network, international business performance, ambidexterity, network structure, curvilinear relationship
Subjects: Marketing > Digital Marketing
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Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 12:56
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 12:56
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/690
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-019-00215-x
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0047-2506/
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