Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Supply Chain Management
This study examines the impact of buyer-supplier relationship age and industry similarity on the effect of buyer inventory leanness on supplier inventory leanness. While previous literature has studied the relationship between buyer inventory leanness and supplier inventory leanness, there has not been a large focus on the external relationship characteristics that influence this relationship. This study hypothesizes that buyer-supplier relationship age and similarity increase the effect of buyer inventory leanness on supplier inventory leanness. With data from buyer-supplier observations in different U.S. industries from 2008 to 2015, regression was used to measure the inventory leanness of each supplier and year. Results from this study provide evidence that longer buyer-supplier relationships can lead to a positive effect of buyer inventory leanness on supplier inventory leanness while there was no evidence of industry similarity having an impact on this relationship. This study suggests that there is value in suppliers establishing long-term relationships with their buyers.
Green, Kennedy, "The Contagion of Lean Inventory Management in the Supply Chain" (2018). Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Honors Theses. 10.
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