The authors would like to thank the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) for its administrative and financial support of this research.
Environmental Uncertainty and Strategic Supply Management: A Resource Dependence Perspective and Performance Implications
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2007
Journal of Supply Chain Management
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 29–42, Summer 2007
How to Cite
Paulraj, A. and Chen, I. J. (2007), Environmental Uncertainty and Strategic Supply Management: A Resource Dependence Perspective and Performance Implications. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 43: 29–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2007.00033.x
- Issue published online: 30 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2007
Environmental uncertainty plays a crucial role in the implementation of strategic supply management initiatives. The current study adopts the resource dependence theory to explain the direct effect of supply chain uncertainties on strategic supply management, operationalized as a second-order construct comprising strategic purchasing, long-term relationship orientation, interfirm communication, cross-organizational teams and supplier integration. Using structural equation modeling, the 200-firm sample provided evidence that strategic supply management is driven by supply and technology uncertainty. Demand uncertainty, on the other hand, was not found to have a significant impact on strategic supply management. Findings further support the link between strategic supply management and the performance of both buying and supplying firms.