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Issue 2/ 2014, article 1

Sylwia Konecka, Marek Matulewski

Higher School of Logistics, Poznan, Poland



Background: The article deals with the results of literature and empirical research into competitiveness and behaviour of entities in supply chains.

Methods: A research hypothesis has been formulated that both partnership as well as dominance relations occur between enterprises functioning as suppliers-consignees. In order to verify the hypothesis a survey was completed in 2012. It encompassed 116 enterprises (manufacturers - 33, service providers - 32 and sellers - 24 as well as enterprises selling goods and providing services - 27) of which 54 were large, 26 medium and 36 were small enterprises. Competitive behaviour in supply chains has been identified and analysed. Furthermore, the authors intended to identify, reveal and examine possible interdependences between competitive behaviour and behaviour typical of supply chain strategies.

Results and conclusions: The analysis of survey results revealed a tendency to preserve equilibrium between a chain leader and dependent enterprises. It may be easily justified in practice as on the one hand there is a need to keep the supply chain competitive and on the other hand to avoid the interruptions, which could occur as a result of elimination of dependent enterprises.

Keywords: competitive behaviour, competitiveness, supply chains, supply chain strategy, bargaining power, bargaining position, leader

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MLA Konecka, Sylwia, and Marek Matulewski. "Competitive behaviour in supply chains." Logforum 10.2 (2014): 1.
APA Sylwia Konecka, Marek Matulewski (2014). Competitive behaviour in supply chains. Logforum 10 (2), 1.
ISO 690 KONECKA, Sylwia, MATULEWSKI, Marek. Competitive behaviour in supply chains. Logforum, 2014, 10.2: 1.
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