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July 24, 2013

Essay on Trust with Buyers-Suppliers Relationship

Trust with buyers-suppliers relationship
Introduction:
The economical market is spreading very rapidly; with the growth of this market several buying companies have combined their work with retailers and suppliers for the production and designing of the product. The mutual work of suppliers is very productive for the strategy of most of the firms. In recent years the increment in establishment of buyer-suppliers relationship has been observed. The main reason behind it is that the corporations have recognized the worth of reliable relationship between them because it has produced efficiency in market energy. Most of the firms depend on the supplies from outside resources so that they can successfully remain in the race of globalization and this can be done through supply chain management. Most the company has relationship with suppliers for the key components they require. For the growth of business the quality of relationship matters in favor of both the supplier and buyer. These days most of the studies mainly focused on this kind of business to business relationship since it is vital source of globalizing economic market [Andrew Lancaster, luis fillipe lages. the relationship between buyer and b2b e-market place].
     Satisfaction and trust is the key component for the establishment of quality relationship amongst distributor and retailer or supplier and buyer. This varies from country to country and from culture to culture. To maintain a good relationship between suppliers and the company is critical since in the real world, firms demand for a low cost products and they also want a huge profitability from them. Its importance is increasing day by day. Its efficiency can be measured by the measuring the productivity it caused and the profitability it produced for the organization. The socialism ties between firms which cause a great difference in the failure and the success of the business. In the socialization system of an organization, the creation of relationship between employee, and organizations is an appreciated concept. The culture and the values of an organization affects the productivity of an organization therefore new scholars emphasizes on the trust bond between employees and organization. The base of exchange-relationship is based on the loyalty and trust amongst the buyers and suppliers. This helps them to build interpersonal relationship. Many discussions have been made for the enhancement of buyer-supplier or retailer-distributor relationship for the improvement of inter-firm relationship. Moreover socialism has extreme importance in the supply chain integration process. The mega suppliers with which the company has been buying resources required much closer management.
Important Factors for a buyer-supplier relationship:
Socialization is required for developing and maintaining the buyer and supplier relationship. Socialization and integration of supply chain are the two mechanisms by which a quality bond can be formed between suppliers and buyers. By the integration of supply chain, the chance for the improvement of communication can be increased which results in the betterment of firm’s control and performance. Contractual conformance is a concept that is used to measure the productivity obtained from the enhancement of socialism and supplier-chain integration. This socialism has been acknowledged as the vital governing mechanism in quality relationship of the firms. It also reduces the risk of lack of information and the risks related to transactions due to the increment in communication. The possibility of opportunities and growth also increases due to socialization. [Caroline Emberson, John Storey. Buyer–supplier collaborative relationships: Beyond the normative accounts. pg#238]
We find out from research that the socialization and supply chain integration has a positive effect on overall processes of a firm.
Development of Supply chain management:
During 90’s the field of supply chain management has been adopted as a separate field in the academic discipline. In the same era the firm began to realize the importance of supply chain management as it can cause a great reduction in expenses and cause a huge impact in performance which ultimately results the improvements in business. Since the competition was increasing due to globalization, there was a need to adopt practices that will enable them to compete the world. A revolution was occurred during 90’s and now the firms are mainly focusing on better plans to improve the management of supply networks and they have move their priorities to flawless integration of supply-chain which will speed up their work. Customization of product has become possible in every industry [paul D. cousins, bulent menguc (2006): the implication socialization and integration in supply chain. pg#605].
     The firms can achieve the enhancement in their firm’s productivity and speedy services along with customization only by the implementation of resistible structure of supply-chain.
Supply-chain integration:
The integration of supply chain has been adopted by many firms especially during the last decade for better results of customizations and productivity. Vast changes have been occurred in the world of manufacturing which has given the birth to competition. Customers demand for good quality product in cheaper prices. For producing goods of high quality at cheaper rates required a change in the strategies of production by the firms. The integration of supply chain can bring a big difference in the performance and can produce good results this linkage of suppliers creates a bond between manufacturers, suppliers and customers. The integration of supply chain can produce fruitful results in quality, cost and time. A good coordination amongst the suppliers and the firm plays a vital role in providing product and seamless interactions with the customer.
      There are two approaches of integration; the first one is the forward approach in which the communication takes place in a forward manner that is from the supplier to manufacturer and then customer. It is also called just in time management.
     Whereas in backward integration the communication process takes place in the reverse order that is from the customer to manufacturer and then supplier. This form of integration is favorable for customer since the manufacturers can directly respond to their demands. The communication between the manufacturers and the customers can take place through the electronic media like internet etc. the control of supply-chain relationship is of foremost importance so that to achieve a better flow of information. Socialization and integration process of supply chain works in parallel because socialization is the mechanism by which we can achieve integration of supply chain [bjom sven ivons, Catherine pardo. are key account relationships different?emperical results on supplier strategies pg#471].
Supply chain socialization:
The culture of an organization forms the socialization in the firm. The strategy of socialization focuses on the introduction of new employee with the other ones and integration of these employees with culture of organization. Since socialization increases the performance of the employees, it has valuable effect on the growth of the industry. It indicates that the richness in communication can be emerged from the open communication and enhances the inter-firm relationship [paul D. cousins, bulent menguc (2006):  the implication socialization and integration in supply chain. Pg#607 ].
Opportunism in buyer-supplier relationship:
In the globe of business the actions or performance of suppliers which produces a profit also affects the profitability of buyers is called opportunism. The actions of one party may produce some deterministic consequences to other party. It is observed that opportunism may cause a reduction in the loyal behavior of an employee which is result damages the relationship between company and employee. Opportunism can severely affect the outcome of the company [James A. Hill, Stephanie Eckerd, Darryl Wilson, Bertie Greer. The effect of unethical behavior on trust in a buyer–supplier relationship: The mediating role of psychological contract violation. Pg#281].
      The negotiation should be take place to decrease the opportunism between the both ends for the promotion of trustworthy and loyal relationship. Commitments are the only way for building a long term, satisfactory relationship. For the suppression of opportunism we must outline the factors that can play the key role [Tao Gaoa, M. Joseph Sirgyb, Monroe M. Birdb. Reducing buyer decision-making uncertainty in organizational purchasing: can supplier trust, commitment, and dependence help? Pg#397].
     There are four categories of opportunism that is active which has harmful effect, passive which has helpful effect along with the circumstances that are new or existing. It can also be classified into evasion, refusal to adopt, violation or forced renegotiation [timothy howkins, Michael G knipper, david strutton (2009): opportunism in buyer-supplier relations: new insights form quantitative synthesis. Pg#45].
Theoretical foundation:
There are two major theories regarding opportunism; transaction cost economics, and social exchange theory. In transaction cost economics theory the causes that have a direct affect on marketing and economics are considered where as in social exchange theory the causes that effects socialism are considered.
     In TCE, the analysis was made on the factors that are cost based and effect economics of the company. Its fundamental assumptions are that this is a human natural behavior to act opportunistically and the human knowledge and awareness is limited. The opportunities of renegotiation are very important to gain trust relationship and to avoid unwanted situations in future. This produces a ruling situation that leads the ruling party to be opportunistic which results into a loss. There are some consequences that are cost affected and need renegotiation and then the monitoring of suppliers performance.
     Social exchange theory is commonly used for maintaining buyer-seller relationship. The opportunism not only effect the cost based process but also socialism. This theory focuses on the factors that affect the inter-firm relationship. For avoidance, negotiations take place about the predicted behavior of the party in which the main target is to achieve flexibility or mutual satisfaction by compromise by either side.  Social exchange theory suggests that there is no opportunism there exists only relationship between employees because it relies mainly on trusts and commitments. The presence of good relationship reduces the risks of opportunism [timothy howkins, Michael G knipper, david strutton (2009): opportunism in buyer-supplier relations: new insights form quantitative synthesis. Pg#46].
Co-opetition in buyer-supplier-supplier relationship
                 Competition takes place when a person tends to exceed in the work they do to become better than the others, it usually leads to uneasiness and disagreements as the interest of the other person may differ from yours. Cooperation, however, is the mutual trust and honesty between two people, that creates long lasting prosperous relationships. Coo petition is therefore the word used, when both cooperation and competition takes place at the same time. (Erik Eriksson, Per 2008),
            A co-opetitive relationship can result in the most preferable benefits for both the buyer and the supplier. Many researchers on business have found out that a co-opetitive behavior clearly describes the tactical acts of various competitors such as those in, telecommunications service, automotives and airlines. Competitive companies take part in co-opetitive exchange as they hope to have an open-ended involvement in the coming years, although direct acts such as competitive pricing would result in reprisal. Some researchers have also found that competition between the buyer and the suppliers would be ideal as they need to be able to have future interactions with the customers [Nada R. Sanders. Pattern of information technology use: The impact on buyer–suppler coordination and performance].
                            A good example can be that of the Japan automotives that makes the suppliers help in the development of the product. And then they initiate competition by bidding when selecting a supplier for manufacturing. The supplier will then also have to find a way to work together with a competitor for future requirements of contacts.  This means that the buyer can use parallel sources to create co-operative interaction amongst the suppliers. Parallel sourcing, that is followed by the Japanese automotives clearly indicate that both market competence and suppliers synergy can be obtainable by having suppliers compete and corporate with each other [Olaf Ploetner, Michael Ehret. From relationships to partnerships—new forms ofCooperation between buyer and seller].
                        Many businesses that research on co-opetitive relationships, have kept their main focus to be on the plan and the behavior of the suppliers.  The buy initiates co-opetition when it is involved in such parallel sourcing contacts.  The buyer, as it has the interest in the business, tends to influence the relationship among the suppliers, which in turn results in the weak performance in the buyer’s supply chain operations. Hence, the buyers are advised to be linked with the supplier-supplier relationships, or else the buyer can lose control of their supply chain [Keith Goffin, Fred Lemke, Marek Szwejczewski. An exploratory study of ‘close’ supplier–manufacturer Relationships].
                    Recent reports have stated that many buyers consigned the supply chain relationship management task to their suppliers; the bargaining power disappeared because by such strategies, it becomes difficult for the buyer to understand or relate to the supplier’s business. One important factor that researchers investigate is on triads, in which they study the effect of a third party, when it collaborates with a dyadic relationship.  Triadic relationships usually take place between a buyer and two suppliers. The buyer can greatly influence the relationship between the buyer- supplier or the supplier –supplier. In such relationships, the supplier’s work must be in coordination with the other supplier. Any misconception among the suppliers could result in disappointing the buyer [David A. Johnston, David M. McCutcheon, F. Ian Stuart, Hazel Kerwood. Effects of supplier trust on performance of cooperative
supplier relationships].
                Buyers are not only responsible for designing the supply network but also encourage the co-opetitive contacts between the suppliers by allowing purchasing leverage.  They are also responsible for engaging the suppliers and influence their behaviors according to the legal agreement between the buyer and the suppliers. For instance, the buyer can most definitely ask the suppliers to work together or face the consequences. (Erik Eriksson, Per 2008)
              The analysts working on co-opetitive relationship benefits have discovered that supplier-supplier co-opetition can result in a stronger much better supplier performance in comparison to competition and co-operation alone. Mutual help among the suppliers helps them to solve quality or technical issues during production. Co-operation adds spark to the performance and creates high quality results. Consequently, competition among the suppliers   creates market efficiency as the suppliers tend to gain contacts. Therefore, the buyer can get the required performance through the co-opetitive relationship among the suppliers. (Erik Eriksson, Per  2008)
Methodology for aligning supply chain from a relationship perspective
                     The methodology is the procedure in which states the steps that need to be taken for a supply chain individual to review the relationship. It requires some tools to be used at various points of the analysis. Most of the current classification models, supply networks design their business plan in accordance with the market requirements and the rate of new product offer.  There are various factors that influence the supply chain relationships. (Dani, S.S, Burns ND, and Backhouse CJ,2006)
                   These factors are: control, opportunistic behavior, unprincipled behavior, exit-voice and trust. To balance the demands of the buyer that requires a profitable growth, many companies nowadays are striving to improve their supply chain management.  Such companies follow steps that will most definitely result in enhancing the revenue, control costs and asset utilization.  The initial step is to divide the buyers based on the kind of service they need and then plan a supply chain that best fits their requirement [John Ramsay, BeverlyA.Wagner. Organisational Supplying Behaviour: Understanding supplier needs, wants and preferences].
                        Most companies have significant opportunity to better align their investment in a special customer relationship with the return that customer produces. To do this efficiently, the companies must review the profitability of the divided services, the cost and the benefits of other services packages, to make sure that there is a reasonable return on their savings. To maintain the balance between profitability and service, most business needs to set objectives, to maximize the buyer’s impact of the company [Zhaohui Wua, Thomas Y. Choi b, M. Johnny Rungtusanatham. Supplier–supplier relationships in buyer–supplier–supplier triads: Implications for supplier performance].
             What the supplier needs to make sure is that their perceptions must align and the transactions must balance the perception. This would result in a relationship that work flawlessly
And the supply chain will be aligned. The supplier needs to assume that it is normal for some buyers to move into a tough mode as the time passes, hence it is up to the supplier to decide  if he would want this relationship with the buyer or not.  (Dani, S.S, Burns ND, and Backhouse CJ, 2006)
                        The company must customize the logistics network to efficiently provide the buyer with good services.  They also need to understand the market signals and align demand strategy throughout the supply chain. Every supplier interprets information in their own way. Many only find out about the market while others may consult the other suppliers. Some buyers want to pay as low a price as possible for the products, but they lack traditionally cultivated warm relationships with suppliers. Excellent supply chain management requires a more progressive mindset .While buyers should place high demands on suppliers, they should also realize that the supplier must help in reducing the  prices in the supply chain in order to lower prices in the market. (Dani, S.S, Burns ND, and Backhouse CJ, 2006)
The impact of supply chain relationship quality on cooperative strategy
               In the recent years, there has been a great increase in inter-firm relationships, as more businesses depend on the sources outside their business to finish successfully. Hence, many businesses now started to build coorporation relationships with other businesses through supply chain.  Many researchers have come up with the explanation of the nature of a supply chain relationship, these include, and transaction cost theory, resource dependant theory and industrial network view. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)
         Many organizations hope to create a close relationship with the main suppliers. Sole or dual supplier relationship has become very common now.  Other researchers are also trying to find the nature of buyer-seller relationship, they found out that relationship quality may vary in different countries and therefore the management between the buyer and the seller would be different as well.  Successful relationship is very important for businesses in supply chain [Qin Su a, Yong-taoSong , ZhaoLi , Ji-xiangDang. The impact of supply chain relationship quality on cooperative strategy]
.                          While developing a relationship, both parties will utilize various strategies. These strategies are terminating relationships, maintaining relationships, or extending relationships, these being about the development and changes in the relationship. Hence, the businesses utilize a cooperative strategy. The theoretical frameworks have a certain role to play which explains the nature of the supply chain relationships. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)
       Transaction cost encourages the suppliers to build the relationship to further decrease the transaction cost.  Resource dependant theory is reviews the inter-firm governance as a tactical reply to the doubt and reliance, hence the suppliers uses this relationship to get resources. The industrial network view helps in understanding and explaining the dynamics of developing, terminating and maintaining inter-firm relationships. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)
                    Whenever there is a supplier-buyer in a supply chain contract, there most definitely is a supply chain relationship. This process includes short-term exchanges and long term relationship behaviors. Long term relationship behaviors is the key element in sustaining long-term cooperation , hence long term relationships are said to be supply chain relationship. Supply chain can be strengthened by long term relationships, and is the key to having relationship quality. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)
          There many different types of relationship in different markets. Therefore, it is important to highlight the industrial and object features. Cooperative strategy means the action the buyer and seller took in further development of business relationships. Supply chains cooperative strategy has three features. First is the cooperation or transaction may be long term, to sustain a good long term relationship.  Second, the cooperation may be restricted in a fixed field or multi field, which portrays the expectation of the developing firm relationship. Lastly, the buyer and the seller in a relationship may cooperate in a fixed period of time.  These three strategies are the key elements in the development and changes in a cooperative relationship. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)       
                     Long term relationship is also considered as the main element in supply chain management. The only doubt there is in supply chain is the behavioral doubt, which means opportunism and restricted rationality.  Therefore, a close cooperative relationship is an effective way to reduce this uncertainty. Another benefit of this relationship is the barrier that is created for other companies. (Cousins Paul D., Handfield Robert B., Lawson Benn, Petersen, Kenneth J. 2005)











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