This paper investigates the extent to which informal and formal socialisation mechanisms affect supplier organisational culture and if this leads to improvements in supplier performance.Using a quantitative sample of 279 UK companies from across a variety of industry sectors, a buyer company completed a survey on their perceptions of a typical high-performing supplier. The effect of informal and formal socialisation mechanisms on organisational culture and supplier operational performance outcomes was analysed. Our findings show that informal and formal socialisation methods have a direct and significant influence on the cultural dimensions of market, employee, open and loose. The cultural dimensions of normative and employee, where found to have a significant impact on operational supply chain performance. This is one of the first studies to break down culture into a number of sub-dimensions within the context of buyer/supplier relationships.
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication|
|Publisher||British Academy of Management|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 19 Apr 2016|
|Event||British Academy of Management Conference - Newcastle University|
Duration: 19 Apr 2016 → …
|Conference||British Academy of Management Conference|
|Period||19/04/16 → …|
- organisational culture
- supplier management
Cadden, T., Millar, K., McKittrick, A., Cao, G., & Humphreys, P. (Accepted/In press). The influence of socialisation practices on organisational culture and supplier operational performance. In Unknown Host Publication British Academy of Management.