The Impacts of Information Sharing and Lower-tier Supplier Selection Process on Three Key Elements of Lower-tier Supplier Visibility Objectives
Festus Olorunniwo, Joel Jolayemi, Chunxing Fan, Xiaoming Li,
The purpose of this research is to investigate the impacts of information sharing and lower-tier supplier selection processes on three key elements of lower-tier supplier visibility objectives. Data was collected from a survey of 74 companies and through interviews with 19 industry executives from 15 companies. The analyses of the data show that both the information sharing and lower-tier supplier selection process/approaches are correlated with three key elements of lower-tier supplier visibility objectives, namely: relationships with lower-tiers, lower-tier risks, and lower-tier performance. The analyses also show that most of the information sharing processes/activities and lower-tier supplier-selection approaches are considered to be important by company executives surveyed and interviewed.