The Use of Intermediate Sourcing Strategies

The Use of Intermediate Sourcing Strategies SUMMARY Much of the existing literature discusses vertical integration and competitive spot bidding as sourcing strategy choices, but often neglects intermediate sourcing strategies, such as taper integration and long‐term supplier relationships. This exploratory study examines the extent to which firms use intermediate sourcing strategies, as opposed to the polar strategies, and attempts to improve our understanding of the sourcing choices available to manufacturing firms. Results from a sample of 209 plant managers indicate that firms use taper integration and long‐term supplier relationships more frequently than vertical integration and competitive spot bidding. Further, the choice of a sourcing strategy was found to be dependent on the industry. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Supply Chain Management Wiley

The Use of Intermediate Sourcing Strategies

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1523-2409
eISSN
1745-493X
DOI
10.1111/j.1745-493X.2001.tb00089.x
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Abstract

SUMMARY Much of the existing literature discusses vertical integration and competitive spot bidding as sourcing strategy choices, but often neglects intermediate sourcing strategies, such as taper integration and long‐term supplier relationships. This exploratory study examines the extent to which firms use intermediate sourcing strategies, as opposed to the polar strategies, and attempts to improve our understanding of the sourcing choices available to manufacturing firms. Results from a sample of 209 plant managers indicate that firms use taper integration and long‐term supplier relationships more frequently than vertical integration and competitive spot bidding. Further, the choice of a sourcing strategy was found to be dependent on the industry.

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Journal of Supply Chain ManagementWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2001

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