Buyer-supplier interactions for sustainability and the relational view: a literature review

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This paper reviews 21 academic papers which adopt the relational view and focus on interactions between buyers and suppliers regarding sustainability issues. The relational
view proposes that by cooperating both buyers and suppliers can generate substantial relational rents. However, in the literature on buyer-supplier interactions regarding sustainability mixed results about the ability to achieve relational rents have been found. The aim of this literature review is to understand these mixed results and to identify different concepts, definitions and research methods. We conclude that the current literature inconsistently adopts the concepts of relational rents and inter-firm linkages and moderators are often left out of the models. These findings enable us to propose a new conceptual model and to establish routes for future research.
Originele taal-2English
UitgeverRijksuniversiteit Groningen/Campus Fryslân
StatusPublished - feb.-2017

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