Asset specificity asymmetry and supplier opportunism in buyer–supplier exchanges

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Author(s)

  • Fabrice Lumineau
  • Jason Lu Jin
  • Shibin Sheng
  • Kevin Zheng Zhou

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-100
Journal / PublicationJournal of Business Research
Volume149
Online published18 May 2022
Publication statusOnline published - 18 May 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Despite the prominent role of asset specificity in buyer–supplier exchanges, its influence on opportunism remains controversial. While transaction cost economics (TCE) addresses its potential to encourage opportunism, relational exchange theory (RET) highlights its role in discouraging opportunism. We extend this debate by considering (1) the effects of asset specificity asymmetry, (2) changes in supplier opportunism over time, and (3) the moderating roles of supply market uncertainty and prior exchange history. We argue that the logics of TCE and RET are not fundamentally irreconcilable; instead, we suggest a perspective combining the calculative logic of TCE within the relationship logic of RET such that they jointly affect opportunism changes. Our propositions are supported by the results of a matched sample of 193 buyer–supplier relationships at two time points.

Research Area(s)

  • Asset specificity asymmetry, Opportunism, Prior exchange history, Supply market uncertainty

Citation Format(s)

Asset specificity asymmetry and supplier opportunism in buyer–supplier exchanges. / Lumineau, Fabrice; Jin, Jason Lu; Sheng, Shibin; Zhou, Kevin Zheng.

In: Journal of Business Research, Vol. 149, 10.2022, p. 85-100.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review