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The Influence of Organizational Structure Characteristics on International Purchasing Performance in Different Sourcing Locations


Tabea Tressin


Hamburg University of Technology TUHH

Nicole Franziska Richter


Hamburg University of Technology

Christopher Schlaegel


Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

David Midgley


INSEAD - Marketing

March 3, 2016

INSEAD Working Paper No. 2016/13/MKT

Abstract:     
This study provides a detailed understanding of how firms structure their organization to foster international purchasing (IPP) and firm performance (FP) in different purchasing locations.

It proposes a moderated mediation model in which organizational structure characteristics are associated with IPP and FP building on transaction cost economics and the resource-based view. We posit that the relationships are contingent on the national context of the purchasing location.

Taking a sample of German firms, we test the model using structural equation modeling. We find that centralization, specialization and configuration are positively associated with IPP which is positively related to FP. The specialization and PP relationship is stronger for purchasing locations in developing countries, while the configuration and IPP relationship is stronger for those in industrialized economies.

Keywords: International purchasing performance, global purchasing, national context, organizational structure, firm performance


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Date posted: March 7, 2016 ; Last revised: October 20, 2016

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Tressin, Tabea and Richter, Nicole Franziska and Schlaegel, Christopher and Midgley, David, The Influence of Organizational Structure Characteristics on International Purchasing Performance in Different Sourcing Locations (March 3, 2016). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2016/13/MKT. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2741558

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Tabea Tressin
Hamburg University of Technology TUHH ( email )
Schwarzenbergstrasse 95
Hamburg, DE Hamburg 21073
Germany
Nicole Franziska Richter
Hamburg University of Technology ( email )
Schwarzenbergstrasse 95
Hamburg, DE Hamburg 21073
Germany
Christopher Schlägel
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg ( email )
Universitaetsplatz 2
Magdeburg, 39016
Germany
David Midgley (Contact Author)
INSEAD - Marketing ( email )
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Fontainebleau, 77305
France
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+33 1 60 74 55 00 (Fax)

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