Successful supplier integration in the Chinese automotive industry: A theoretical framework

Martin Lockström*, Joachim Schadel, Roger Moser, Norma J. Harrison

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This paper seeks to develop a supplier integration framework in a Chinese context based on existing theories and empirical insights from the Chinese automotive industry. The objective is to develop a framework and identify a number of factors that can potentially facilitate supplier integration and ultimately improve supply chain performance. The framework comprises a causal chain with four key constructs, starting with supply chain leadership as an antecedent to alliance readiness, which in turn is proposed to yield a higher degree of supplier integration. Eventually, a higher degree of supplier integration is proposed to positively influence supply chain performance. By building on prior research and 30 case studies, the framework provides a China-specific approach to supplier integration and offers insights into the current status in the Chinese automotive industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-283
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Supply Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • supply chain management
  • supplier integration
  • China
  • automotive
  • collaborative relationships
  • supply chain leadership
  • supply chain collaboration


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