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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

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Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Strategic alliances in a manufacturing supply chain: Influence of organizational culture from the manufacturer's perspective


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Title:Strategic alliances in a manufacturing supply chain: Influence of organizational culture from the manufacturer's perspective
Author(s):Murali Sambasivan, (Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia), Ching Nget Yen, (Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Citation:Murali Sambasivan, Ching Nget Yen, (2010) "Strategic alliances in a manufacturing supply chain: Influence of organizational culture from the manufacturer's perspective", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 40 Iss: 6, pp.456 - 474
Keywords:Manufacturing industries, Organizational culture, Strategic alliances, Supply chain management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09600031011062191 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The basic purpose of this paper is to establish and test the relationship between organizational culture and strategic alliances in a manufacturing supply chain that consists of alliance companies (manufacturers) and alliance partners (suppliers and customers). The relationships have been analyzed from the manufacturer's perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper specifically addresses: the relationship between the culture type of alliance company and the degree of integration (trust, communication, and commitment) between the alliance companies and partners; the relationship between the culture type of alliance company and value creation in the alliance company; and the relationship between the degree of integration and value creation in the alliance company. A questionnaire was constructed and distributed to 109 companies that had some form strategic alliance with their suppliers and/or customers. The data collected were tested using analysis of variance and correlation analysis.

Findings – The culture type of the alliance company has a significant effect on the degree of integration and value creation. The degree of integration has a significant relationship with value creation. Specifically, the following have been found: ad hocracy culture favors a higher level of communication and commitment with the suppliers; hierarchy culture favors a higher level of commitment with suppliers and helps build a higher level of trust with customers and suppliers; and clan and ad hocracy cultures help in achieving a higher degree of value creation.

Originality/value – Identifying the link between the culture and strategic alliances in a supply chain can help decision makers choose the right kind of alliance partners and decide appropriate strategies that need to be adopted to form and maintain alliances.



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