Research and Managerial Insights



The preceding chapters have developed a framework of supply chain collaboration, its antecedents, and consequences, and presented methods for measuring these constructs and empirically testing relationships among them. In this chapter, we provide additional insights on the moderation effect of firm size on the relationship between supply chain collaboration and its consequences—collaborative advantage and firm performance in particular. In examining the moderator of firm size that set boundary conditions for the effects of supply chain collaboration and collaborative advantage, we found interesting results that collaborative advantage completely mediates the relationship between supply chain collaboration and firm performance for small firms while it partially mediates the relationship for medium and large firms. Also, managerial guidelines for forming collaboration and managing ongoing relationships are provided. This chapter discusses the moderation effect of firm size on the relationships between supply chain collaboration and its consequences, and provides (1) discussion of research findings and major contributions (2) implications for practitioners (3) limitations of the research, and (4) recommendations for future research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belknap & CatlinUniversity of Wisconsin—SuperiorSuperiorUSA
  2. 2.JonesboroUSA

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