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Title: Relationship stability and supplier commitment to quality
Authors: Lai, KHM 
Cheng, TCE 
Yeung, ACL 
Keywords: Buyer-supplier relationships
Transaction cost analysis
Quality assurance
Supplier management
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: International journal of production economics, 18 Jun. 2005, v. 96, no. 3, p. 397-410 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of production economics 
Abstract: This study explores the link between relationship stability and supplier commitment to quality, and the contingency of the link on characteristics of transactions within the framework of transaction cost analysis. Data collected from 358 suppliers of a globalized firm suggest that supplier firms regard a stable relationship as being positively linked to their commitment to quality for the focal buyer firm. It was also found that the link is stronger when the suppliers' perceptions of a certainty of supply with the buyer firm are greater, while asset specificity and transaction frequency have no impact on the link. A discussion of the results and of the implications of the findings is provided.
ISSN: 0925-5273
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2004.07.005
Rights: International Journal of Production Economics © 2004 Elsevier B.V. The journal web site is located at
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