An exploration of power asymmetry in the apparel industry in the UK and Turkey.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622595
Title:
An exploration of power asymmetry in the apparel industry in the UK and Turkey.
Authors:
Talay, Cagri; Oxborrow, Lynn; Brindley, Clare ( 0000-0002-6951-2173 )
Abstract:
This paper is designed to explore the concept of power asymmetry in apparel supply chains between large retailers and SME suppliers by focusing on the experiences of 20 SME apparel manufacturer suppliers in relationship with large retailers based in the UK and Turkey. This research presents a framework for examining how suppliers’ capabilities help them to overcome power asymmetry.Using an exploratory case methodology, the paper discusses the supply chains in which the SMEs operate, identifies the power asymmetry evident in these supply chains and how the capabilities of suppliers overcome power asymmetry in relationships. The empirical findings from the data collected in the UK and Turkey illustrate both production and technical capabilities affect power asymmetry but cause and effect is difficult to establish as these capabilities are fundamental to the relationship. Management capability is significant in a number of ways, exhibited by importance of managing relationships and mitigating the risks associated with these. Custom capabilities supported suppliers efficiently in their efforts of value delivery. The study makes a contribution to the work of the Industrial Marketing Purchasing (IMP) school and the interaction approach (e.g. Ford, Hakansson, & Johanson 1986; Hakansson, & Snehota, 1998; Gadde, & Hakansson, 2002). The capability framework demonstrated a new approach to explore the further dimensions of power asymmetry and understand approaches of mitigating asymmetry in dyadic relationships. In contrast to earlier work, the research extends to industry level, rather than that of the individual firm. The paper concludes by evaluating the application of capabilities by apparel suppliers and how they build inter-dependencies and position themselves in asymmetric relationships with retailers.
Affiliation:
Nottingham Trent University; University of Derby
Citation:
Talay, C. et al (2018) 'An exploration of power asymmetry in the apparel industry in the UK and Turkey', Industrial Marketing Management, DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.03.008
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Industrial Marketing Management
Issue Date:
11-Apr-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622595
DOI:
10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.03.008
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0019850117304236
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
00198501
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Business Improvement

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dc.contributor.authorTalay, Cagrien
dc.contributor.authorOxborrow, Lynnen
dc.contributor.authorBrindley, Clareen
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-12T14:55:53Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-12T14:55:53Z-
dc.date.issued2018-04-11-
dc.identifier.citationTalay, C. et al (2018) 'An exploration of power asymmetry in the apparel industry in the UK and Turkey', Industrial Marketing Management, DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.03.008en
dc.identifier.issn00198501-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.03.008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622595-
dc.description.abstractThis paper is designed to explore the concept of power asymmetry in apparel supply chains between large retailers and SME suppliers by focusing on the experiences of 20 SME apparel manufacturer suppliers in relationship with large retailers based in the UK and Turkey. This research presents a framework for examining how suppliers’ capabilities help them to overcome power asymmetry.Using an exploratory case methodology, the paper discusses the supply chains in which the SMEs operate, identifies the power asymmetry evident in these supply chains and how the capabilities of suppliers overcome power asymmetry in relationships. The empirical findings from the data collected in the UK and Turkey illustrate both production and technical capabilities affect power asymmetry but cause and effect is difficult to establish as these capabilities are fundamental to the relationship. Management capability is significant in a number of ways, exhibited by importance of managing relationships and mitigating the risks associated with these. Custom capabilities supported suppliers efficiently in their efforts of value delivery. The study makes a contribution to the work of the Industrial Marketing Purchasing (IMP) school and the interaction approach (e.g. Ford, Hakansson, & Johanson 1986; Hakansson, & Snehota, 1998; Gadde, & Hakansson, 2002). The capability framework demonstrated a new approach to explore the further dimensions of power asymmetry and understand approaches of mitigating asymmetry in dyadic relationships. In contrast to earlier work, the research extends to industry level, rather than that of the individual firm. The paper concludes by evaluating the application of capabilities by apparel suppliers and how they build inter-dependencies and position themselves in asymmetric relationships with retailers.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0019850117304236en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Industrial Marketing Managementen
dc.subjectSuppliersen
dc.subjectRetailen
dc.subjectApparelen
dc.titleAn exploration of power asymmetry in the apparel industry in the UK and Turkey.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentNottingham Trent Universityen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalIndustrial Marketing Managementen
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