Abstract—the present research aims at exploring the role of supplier capabilities and their collaboration in buyer responsiveness. The research sample includes production workshops located in Lourestan and Hamedan Provinces in Iran which have been studied during a four month period. In order to relate supply flexibility and responsiveness and also to model the effect of supplier collaboration on buyer responsiveness, four hypotheses have been developed and examined correspondingly. The Structural Equation Modeling(SEM) and the path analysis are used in testing the research hypotheses applying LISREL software, version 8.5. The results reveal that production flexibility, supplier responsiveness, production modularity and supplier collaboration have a positive and meaningful impact on the buyer responsiveness.
Index Terms—buyer responsiveness, competitive,advantage, supplier collaboration.
Habibollah Javanmard , Faculty of Islamic Azad University, Arak Branch,Iran (email@example.com).
Cite: Habibollah Javanmard, "The Role of Supplier Capabilities in Buyer Responsiveness," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 436-440 , 2011.