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Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2832-2875; doi:10.3390/su6052832

Green Supply Chain Collaboration for Fashionable Consumer Electronics Products under Third-Party Power Intervention—A Resource Dependence Perspective

Department of Business Administration, National Taiwan University, No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 26 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 May 2014 / Published: 13 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Fashion Business Operations)
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Abstract

Under third-party power intervention (TPPI), which increases uncertainty in task environments, complex channel power interplays and restructuring are indispensable among green supply chain members as they move toward sustainable collaborative relationships for increased viability and competitive advantage. From the resource dependence perspective, this work presents a novel conceptual model to investigate the influence of political and social power on channel power restructuring and induced green supply chain collaboration in brander-retailer bidirectional green supply chains of fashionable consumer electronics products (FCEPs). An FCEP refers to the consumer electronics product (e.g., personal computers, mobile phones, computer notebooks, and game consoles) with the features of a well-known brand associated, a short product lifecycle, timely and fashionable design fit for market trends, and quick responsiveness to the variations of market demands. The proposed model is tested empirically using questionnaire data obtained from retailers in the FCEP brander-retailer distribution channels. Analytical results reveal that as an extension of political and social power, TPPI positively affects the reciprocal interdependence of dyadic members and reduces power asymmetry, thereby enhancing the collaborative relationship of dyadic members and leading to improved green supply chain performance. Therein, reciprocal interdependence underlying collaborative relationship is the key to reducing the external environmental uncertainties in the TPPI context. View Full-Text
Keywords: power restructuring; resource dependence; collaborative relationships; green supply chain performance; resource dependence theory power restructuring; resource dependence; collaborative relationships; green supply chain performance; resource dependence theory
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Sheu, J.-B. Green Supply Chain Collaboration for Fashionable Consumer Electronics Products under Third-Party Power Intervention—A Resource Dependence Perspective. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2832-2875.

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