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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1673; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051673

Dependence on Supplier, Supplier Trust and Green Supplier Integration: The Moderating Role of Contract Management Difficulty

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School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Institute of Management Science and Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
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Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 2 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 22 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the impacts of dependence on supplier and supplier trust on green supplier integration, and the moderating role of contract management difficulty. In this study, we develop a dependence-trust-integration model based on resource dependence theory, social capital theory and transaction cost theory. We examine the hypothesized relationships using hierarchical regression analyses based on data collected from 187 Chinese firms. Our findings suggest that dependence on supplier has positive impacts on green supplier integration and supplier trust. Supplier trust partially mediates the relationship between dependence on supplier and green supplier integration. In addition, contract management difficulty negatively moderates the relationship between supplier trust and green supplier integration. This research contributes to the literature by offering empirical evidence concerning the indirect relationship between dependence on supplier and green supplier integration via supplier trust, and the trust-integration link depends on the level of contract management difficulty. View Full-Text
Keywords: green supplier integration; dependence on supplier; supplier trust; contract management difficulty green supplier integration; dependence on supplier; supplier trust; contract management difficulty
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Zhao, X.; Pan, J.; Song, Y. Dependence on Supplier, Supplier Trust and Green Supplier Integration: The Moderating Role of Contract Management Difficulty. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1673.

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