Reviewing and conceptualising supplier development

Sadaat Yawar, Stefan Seuring

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

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The literature on supplier development (SD) is mostly fragmented, and very little research offers insights on the interrelations of the critical elements of SD. This research aims to evaluate the significance of SD and reconceptualise it by identifying and linking the key constructs and items of SD.

A structured literature review of SD literature was performed, and it was followed by conducting a contingency analysis of defined constructs and the items of SD. Applying a literature review and contingency analysis allows assessing the degree to which core constructs and their operational items are addressed in the SD literature.

Our findings show that a high degree of interrelations exists among enablers, relationships and supplier development strategies (SDS), of which, only indirect SDS drives the performance outcomes. However, interrelations between the individual items of the main categories of SD remain unexplored.

Research limitations/implications
The proposed revised framework reveals significant research gaps in SD and calls for a thorough examination of the topic.

The key contribution of the paper is reconceptualising SD and contributing to the theoretical development of SD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2565-2598
Number of pages33
JournalBenchmarking: An International Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2020


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