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Issue 4/ 2015, article 5

Authors: Lokhman Hakim Osman

Title: A SOCIAL NETWORK MODEL OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN FORMAL AND INFORMAL INTER-FIRM ENGAGEMENT

Keywords: Supply Chain Management; Network Studies; Inter-Organizational Relations; Social Capital; Supply Chain Complexity

Abstract:

Background: This research looks into the different effects of firms' network structural positions in an upstream supply network upon the firms' level of relational capital outcomes.  Previous research has largely focus on the context of decentralized network structure.  However, the supply network is a centralized network because of the existence of the focal firm.  The existence of the focal firm may influence the impact of relational capital outcomes. 

Methods: The objective of this research is to determine the type of network structural positions required to obtain reasonable relational capital outcome in upstream supply network. 

Results and conclusions: This study found that, network structural positions i.e. betweeness centrality contributed to firms' level of relational capital influence. In conclusion, firms, embedded in upstream supply network benefits differently in terms of relational capital through different degree of embeddedness.  Firms' resources should be re-aligned to match the benefits with the different network structural positions.

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DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.4.5
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MLA Osman, Lokhman Hakim. "A social network model of supply chain management in formal and informal inter-firm engagement." Logforum 11.4 (2015): 5. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.4.5
APA Lokhman Hakim Osman (2015). A social network model of supply chain management in formal and informal inter-firm engagement. Logforum 11 (4), 5. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.4.5
ISO 690 OSMAN, Lokhman Hakim. A social network model of supply chain management in formal and informal inter-firm engagement. Logforum, 2015, 11.4: 5. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.4.5
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