Interorganizational information processing and the contingency effects of buyer-incurred uncertainty in a supplier's component development project

Sunil Hwang, Hyojin Kim, Daesik Hur, Tobias Schoenherr

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Supplier integration into new product development (NPD) necessitates effective information exchange and absorption between a buyer and a supplier. While prior research has emphasized the buyer's ability to manage the supplier's interface, this research takes a supplier perspective and investigates under which circumstances a supplier's interorganizational information processing capability (IIPC) drives the supplier's component development performance. We take a contingency view and theorize that the effect of the supplier's IIPC is either amplified or dampened by three sources of buyer-incurred project uncertainty: a buyer's component novelty, a buyer's engineering change orders (ECOs), and a buyer's knowledge protectiveness. The hypotheses are tested with data collected from 103 supplier component development projects in South Korea. As a result, this study empirically demonstrates the significant effects of a supplier's IIPC in enhancing the supplier's component development performance. In addition, we substantiate that the magnitude of a buyer's ECOs positively amplifies the benefits of the supplier's IIPC, while the buyer's knowledge protectiveness significantly hampers it. Academic and managerial implications are presented, and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-183
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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