Are supply-chain relationships more influenced by buyer-supplier relationships or the business environment of the country itself? Evidence from the 'China-Australia' trading relationship

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Collins, Ray, Sun, Ximing and Li, Chong Guang. 2012. "Are supply-chain relationships more influenced by buyer-supplier relationships or the business environment of the country itself? Evidence from the 'China-Australia' trading relationship." Asia Pacific Business Review. 18 (3), pp. 391-405. https://doi.org/10.1080/13602381.2011.624359
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Are supply-chain relationships more influenced by buyer-supplier relationships or the business environment of the country itself? Evidence from the 'China-Australia' trading relationship

ERA Journal ID21142
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCollins, Ray (Author), Sun, Ximing (Author) and Li, Chong Guang (Author)
Journal TitleAsia Pacific Business Review
Journal Citation18 (3), pp. 391-405
Number of Pages15
Year2012
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1360-2381
1743-792X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13602381.2011.624359
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fapb20/18/3
Abstract

In doing business with China, poor supply chain performance is reported as being caused by either poor relationships between firms in China or the business environment in which firms in China have to operate. This research paper explores the relative importance of these two factors for food supply chains from Australia to China. Results are based on surveys of 84 importers, wholesalers and retailers in China and 22 Australian exporters and wholesalers. They show that the country itself had a greater influence than firm to firm relationships. Firms exporting food to China should therefore keep supply chains as short as possible to minimize the uncertainties associated with the business environment.

KeywordsAustralia; China; food chains; relationship of firms; supply chain management; whole chain performance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350605. Marketing management (incl. strategy and customer relations)
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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