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The influence of information sharing, supplier trust and supplier synergy on supplier performance: The case of small and medium enterprises

David Pooe, Chengedzai Mafini, Vandrys W. Loury-Okoumba
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 9, No 1 | a187 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v9i1.187 | © 2015 David Pooe, Chengedzai Mafini, Vandrys W. Loury-Okoumba | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 April 2015 | Published: 06 October 2015

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David Pooe, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Chengedzai Mafini, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
Vandrys W. Loury-Okoumba, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The assessment of supplier performance is an important activity for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) as they adopt and implement plans and policies aimed at enhancing their performance in order to achieve sustainable competitive advantages.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of information sharing, supplier trust and supplier synergy on supplier performance in SMEs.

Method: A quantitative research design was adopted in which a survey questionnaire was administered to a sample of 309 owners and managers of SMEs based in southern Gauteng, South Africa. A confirmatory factor analysis was undertaken to assess the properties of the measurement scale. Hypotheses were tested using the path modelling technique.

Results: Information sharing exerted a moderate positive and significant influence on supplier trust and a weak but sigificant influence on supplier synergy. Supplier synergy had a strong positive and significant influence on supplier performance. However, the influence of supplier trust on supplier performance was weak and insignificant.

Conclusion: The study provides a useful framework for analysing the interplay between information sharing, supplier trust, supplier synergy and supplier performance in SMEs.


Keywords

Information sharing, supplier trust, supplier synergy, supplier performance, small to medium enterprises

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