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Supply chain performance and relationships: the European traditional food sector

Adrienn Molnar (UGent)
(2010)
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This PhD dissertation is based on the compilation of research papers investigating the role of supply chain relationships on supply chain performance in the European traditional food sector. In the frame of this PhD dissertation multiple academic fields (theories) are brought together under supply chain management, namely the SSP paradigm of strategic management, transaction cost analysis, balance theory and the structural hole concept. Firstly, this PhD dissertation identifies supply chain goals and explores the match of supply chain goals with general consumer perceptions and preferences in relation to traditional food as a product category. Secondly, it presents the development of a theoretically grounded classification based on which supply chain level-, product-and countryspecific characteristics of supply chain governance structures are investigated. Thirdly, it investigates if supply chains cluster around performance based on the perspectives of all supply chain members. Fourthly, it studies the relationships between supply chain relationships and performance. Fifthly, it explores the differences in performance within supply chains. Some of the empirical contributions of this PhD dissertation are worth mentioning. In the frame of this PhD dissertation, the focus is on supply chain level analysis (as compared to firm level analysis), collecting data from minimum three firms from one supply chain. Further, this PhD dissertation can be considered as a multiple chain (Chapter 2 investigates nine supply chains, Chapter 3 investigates 27 supply chains, and Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 investigates 90 supply chains). Besides, it benchmarks performance between and within supply chains. These contributions can be considered as extensions and/or innovations as compared to the state of the art. The result of this PhD dissertation highlights the existence of common (i.e. supply chain) goals, and confirms that a wide range of these goals are both relevant and important for consumers. Further, it reveals a certain diversity of governance structures along the supply chain as well as across products and countries. Besides, this PhD dissertation concludes that supply chains cluster around performance based on the perspectives of all supply chain members and that there is a significant relationship between supply chain relationships and performance. Last, it shows that there are differences in performance within supply chains and develops a taxonomy of supply chain performance imbalance.
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Traditional Food Sector, Supply chain performance, Supply chain relationships

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Molnar, Adrienn. 2010. “Supply Chain Performance and Relationships: The European Traditional Food Sector”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
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Molnar, Adrienn. (2010). Supply chain performance and relationships: the European traditional food sector. Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent, Belgium.
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Molnar A. Supply chain performance and relationships: the European traditional food sector. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; 2010.
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Molnar, Adrienn. “Supply Chain Performance and Relationships: The European Traditional Food Sector.” 2010 : n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {This PhD dissertation is based on the compilation of research papers investigating the role of supply chain relationships on supply chain performance in the European traditional food sector. In the frame of this PhD dissertation multiple academic fields (theories) are brought together under supply chain management, namely the SSP paradigm of strategic management, transaction cost analysis, balance theory and the structural hole concept.
Firstly, this PhD dissertation identifies supply chain goals and explores the match of supply chain goals with general consumer perceptions and preferences in relation to traditional food as a product category. Secondly, it presents the development of a theoretically grounded classification based on which supply chain level-, product-and countryspecific characteristics of supply chain governance structures are investigated. Thirdly, it investigates if supply chains cluster around performance based on the perspectives of all supply chain members. Fourthly, it studies the relationships between supply chain relationships and performance. Fifthly, it explores the differences in performance within supply chains.
Some of the empirical contributions of this PhD dissertation are worth mentioning. In the frame of this PhD dissertation, the focus is on supply chain level analysis (as compared to firm level analysis), collecting data from minimum three firms from one supply chain.
Further, this PhD dissertation can be considered as a multiple chain (Chapter 2 investigates nine supply chains, Chapter 3 investigates 27 supply chains, and Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 investigates 90 supply chains). Besides, it benchmarks performance between and within supply chains. These contributions can be considered as extensions and/or innovations as compared to the state of the art.
The result of this PhD dissertation highlights the existence of common (i.e. supply chain) goals, and confirms that a wide range of these goals are both relevant and important for consumers. Further, it reveals a certain diversity of governance structures along the supply chain as well as across products and countries. Besides, this PhD dissertation concludes that supply chains cluster around performance based on the perspectives of all supply chain members and that there is a significant relationship between supply chain relationships and performance. Last, it shows that there are differences in performance within supply chains and develops a taxonomy of supply chain performance imbalance.},
  author       = {Molnar, Adrienn},
  isbn         = {9789059893900},
  keywords     = {Traditional Food Sector,Supply chain performance,Supply chain relationships},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {192},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Supply chain performance and relationships: the European traditional food sector},
  year         = {2010},
}