The Causal Structure of Long-Term Supply Relationships: An Empirical Test of a Generalized Transaction Cost Theory / Edition 1

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Overview

Today, industrial organization can hardly be imagined without long-term supply relationships. Firms use this specific type of alliance to acquire or develop (complementary) competencies. These are necessary to be able to survive and be successful in an increasingly dynamic environment.
Rather than studying particular features in isolation, this book analyzes the overall, underlying causal structure of long-term supply relationships. De Jong and Nooteboom develop an encompassing theoretical model that brings together important firm- and relation-specific characteristics such as trust, commitment, dependence, uncertainty, dedicated investments, and the exchange of information. The relationships between these main characteristics build the overall, underlying causal structure and determine the nature of long-term supply relationships. The model is based on an extended theory of transactions that includes trust next to opportunism and the development of competencies.
The model is tested in the automobile industries of the United States, Japan and Europe. The empirical evidence indicates that there are strong similarities between the three regions in the underlying causal structure. There are differences but these differences seem small, particularly relative to the expectations one may have on the basis of perceived views of systemic differences between 'Japanese' and 'Western' contracting. Thus, if indeed there were large differences between the Triad's regions, there now appears to be considerable convergence towards a common underlying 'logic' of long-term supply relationships.
The Causal Structure of Long-Term Supply Relationships is a primary source for scholars and students who want to learn about industrial organizations in an international perspective. It reviews the main theories, defines many concepts, offers an overview of literature on alliances, and provides insights into the statistical techniques of LISREL. Little background knowledge is required, since concepts are developed as the book progresses.

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Analyzes the underlying causal structure of long-term supply relationships, and develops an encompassing theoretical model that brings together important firm and relation-specific characteristics such as trust, dedicated investments, and the exchange of information. The model is based on an extended theory of transactions that includes trust next to opportunism and the development of competencies. The model is tested in the auto industries of the US, Japan, and Europe. De Jong is a management consultant in the private sector in The Netherlands. Nooteboom teaches organization at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792378372
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/31/2000
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 1.1 Scope and Purpose.- 1.2 Overview of Theory.- 1.3 Overview of Empirical Results.- 2 Theoretical Background.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 Transaction Cost Economics.- 2.3 Limitations of Transaction Cost Economics.- 2.4 Competencies.- 2.5 Relational Features.- 2.5.1 Commitment.- 2.5.2 Trust.- 2.6 Conclusions.- 3 The Theoretical Model.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 Definitions and Related Research.- 3.3 The Theoretical Model.- 3.3.1 Asset Specificity.- 3.3.2 Uncertainty.- 3.3.3 Value of the Partner.- 3.3.4 Commitment.- 3.3.5 Trust.- 3.4 Conclusions.- 4 Methods and Data.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 A LISREL Approach.- 4.2.1 Models, Methods and Matrices.- 4.2.2 Model-Fit and Model-Modification.- 4.3 The Samples.- 4.4 Operationalization.- 4.5 Conclusions.- 5 Empirical Results.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 The United States.- 5.2.1 Measurement Models.- 5.2.2 Testing the Hypotheses and Model-Fit.- 5.3 Japan.- 5.3.1 Measurement Models.- 5.3.2 Testing the Hypotheses and Model-Fit.- 5.4 Europe.- 5.4.1 Measurement Models.- 5.4.2 Testing the Hypotheses and Model-Fit.- 5.5 Conclusions.- 6 An International Comparison.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 The Convergence of Long-Term Supply Relationships.- 6.2.1 A First Perspective on the Convergence.- 6.2.2 The United States versus Japan.- 6.2.3 The United States versus Europe.- 6.2.4 Japan versus Europe.- 6.3 The Third Way.- 6.4 Causal Loops.- 6.5 Conclusions.- 6.5.1 Point of Departure.- 6.5.2 Convergence within the Triad.- 6.5.3 Explaining the Convergence.- 6.5.4 Limitations and Further Research.- Appendix A Constructs, Items And Scales.

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