Learning by supplying
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 204–223, February 2014
How to Cite
Alcacer, J. and Oxley, J. (2014), Learning by supplying. Strat. Mgmt. J., 35: 204–223. doi: 10.1002/smj.2134
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 17 APR 2013 01:14PM EST
- Manuscript Revised: 26 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 APR 2012
Outsourcing in many industries has advanced beyond simple component supply to encompass manufacturing of entire products, often by suppliers in emerging economies. Understanding the evolving role and capabilities of suppliers in global supply chains is thus a pressing strategic issue for suppliers and customers alike. We analyze a novel panel dataset of supply relationships in the mobile telecommunications industry to answer the following questions: What factors contribute to a supplier's ability to build technological and market capabilities? Does it matter to whom the firm supplies? Is involvement in product design important, or is manufacturing the key to learning? Do the same types of relationships that support technological innovation also facilitate successful introduction of own-brand products, or does this require a different “locus” of learning? Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.