A dyadic study of control in buyer-supplier relationships

Anna Aminoff, Kari Tanskanen

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Control of supply chains has been discussed in supply chain literature from various viewpoints. While previous studies have generally examined only buyer's perspectives of control, we expand on such previous research by comparing both the buyer's and supplier's views. In this paper our objective is to analyze why the control is distributed in a certain way in the buyer-supplier relationship, and how does the distribution of control affect the buyer-supplier relationship. We categorize the explanations for the distribution of control. We argue that control in the buyer-supplier relationship might look different from buyer's and suppliers' perspectives. We used a multiple case study methodology with six dyadic buyer-supplier relationships and conducted 43 interviews.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems : Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2012, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages8
Publication date25.11.2013
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-40360-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-40361-3
Publication statusPublished - 25.11.2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2012 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 24.09.201226.09.2012

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
NumberPART 2
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Control
  • Dyadic buyer-supplier relationship
  • Supply chain management


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