Understanding supplier sustainability performance: The role of dependence and relational capital

2019-12
Akın Ateş, Melek
Güleryüz, Atakan
Güleryüz, İrem
Arslan, Ataberk
With increasing stakeholder pressure to improve sustainability performance, firms focus on understanding how buyer-supplier relationship characteristics play a role in encouraging or jeopardizing supplier sustainability efforts. In this study, we examine how buyer-supplier dependence and relational capital affect the environmental and social performance of suppliers. We adopt an embedded, multiple-case study design, and examine five large buying firms in Turkey and their multiple suppliers at the dyadic level. Our findings suggest that there is a complex interplay between dependence and relational capital, illustrating both complementary and conflicting roles on supplier sustainability performance. We develop propositions to be tested in future studies.

Citation Formats
M. Akın Ateş, A. Güleryüz, İ. Güleryüz, and A. Arslan, “Understanding supplier sustainability performance: The role of dependence and relational capital,” METU Studies in Development, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 97–127, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: http://www2.feas.metu.edu.tr/metusd/ojs/index.php/metusd/article/view/1031.