Examining the influence of the cultural aspect of uncertainty avoidance on supply chain coordination

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Albuloushi, Nour and Algharaballi, Eiman. 2014. "Examining the influence of the cultural aspect of uncertainty avoidance on supply chain coordination." Journal of Applied Business Research. 30 (3), pp. 847-862.
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Examining the influence of the cultural aspect of uncertainty avoidance on supply chain coordination

ERA Journal ID19469
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAlbuloushi, Nour (Author) and Algharaballi, Eiman (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Applied Business Research
Journal Citation30 (3), pp. 847-862
Number of Pages16
Year2014
Place of PublicationLittleton, CO. United States
ISSN0892-7626
2157-8834
Web Address (URL)http://www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/JABR/article/view/8569/8570
Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of national culture on supply chain coordination. It investigates whether uncertainty avoidance (UA) influences information sharing (IS) trust and personal interest (PI), which are the main elements that influence supply chain coordination (SCC). This research adopts a survey methodology, followed by expert interviews used as a justification method for survey results. Survey data was collected from 138 international supply chain members, mainly from Middle East and Far East. A total of 11 people were selected as potential interviewees. These people worked in various departments in different companies and were of various nationalities. The findings revealed that the cultural aspect of uncertainty avoidance influences information sharing and trust. This study adds a new contribution to the literature on supply chain management (SCM), as noted in Burgees et al.'s (2006) review of supply chain literature, studies that examine the social aspect of supply chains, including culture, have been neglected.

Keywordsinformation sharing; national culture; personal interest; supply chain coordination; trust; uncertainty avoidance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350706. International business
500102. Business ethics
350999. Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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