Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2009.11.008
Title: Formal control and social control in domestic and international buyer-supplier relationships
Authors: Li, Y.
Xie, E.
Teo, H.-H. 
Peng, M.W.
Keywords: Buyer-supplier relationships
China
Formal control
Institutionalization
Social control
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Li, Y., Xie, E., Teo, H.-H., Peng, M.W. (2010). Formal control and social control in domestic and international buyer-supplier relationships. Journal of Operations Management 28 (4) : 333-344. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2009.11.008
Abstract: Focusing on long-term buyer-supplier relationships, this article addresses two questions: (1) What are the antecedents that lead to the adoption of formal control, social control, or both? (2) What is the nature of the relationship between formal control and social control - are they substitutes or complements? We develop a model to investigate the impact of the length of cooperation and institutionalization on the use of control mechanisms. Further, we argue that in China, formal control and social control may be substitutes in domestic buyer-supplier relationships, but they may be complements in international relationships. Survey data collected nationwide with executives in 380 domestic and 200 international buyer-supplier relationships in China are used to test our hypotheses. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Operations Management
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/42465
ISSN: 02726963
DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2009.11.008
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