The relationship between competitive advantage and supply chain management processes for United States manufacturing firms

by de Gioia, Gaetano, D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2017, 163 pages; 10255629


The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the relationship between the dependent variable of Competitive Advantage Index and the independent variables of Supplier Relationship Management Index, Manufacturing Flow Management Index, and Product Development and Commercialization Index, while controlling variables of the firms’ number of employees, gross annual sales, and managers’ level of experience in the supply chain management field within United States manufacturing firms. The research addressed the gap in the literature between organizations and management in determining the relationship between Competitive Advantage and supply chain management processes. The participants were managers with at least a 4-year college degree and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in supply chain management. These participants were part of the Qualtrics audience. Qualtrics panelists completed an electronic survey, and the study analyzed a total of 118 responses with a hierarchical multiple linear regression model. The multiple linear regression analysis resulted in Supplier Relationship Management Index being significant yet having little influence on Competitive Advantage Index. Manufacturing Flow Management Index had a 3% influence on Competitive Advantage Index. Product Development and Commercialization Index had a 37% influence on Competitive Advantage Index. The number of employees in a firm had a 2% influence on Competitive Advantage Index. Both gross annual sales and managers’ level of experience in the supply chain field had no influence on Competitive Advantage Index. These findings have implications on the strategic direction of United States manufacturing firms.

AdviserTerry Walker
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Marketing; Management
Publication Number10255629

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