CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR BUYER-SUPPLIER INTEGRATION STRATEGIES AND THEIR ASSOCIATION TO THE SUPPLIER SELECTION CRITERIA IN THE LIGHT OF SUSTAINABILITY
In recent years, considering the evolution of consciousness about firms’ and their partners’ environmental and social responsibility, briefly sustainability, has become an important theme for enterprises. Henceforth, while evaluating the suppliers, not only economic performance, but also environmental and social dimensions of suppliers should be taken into account by the firms. On the other hand, firms often establish closer relationship with their suppliers in order to improve their competitiveness and to take advantage of complementary skills. In this paper, it is observed that too many integration strategies have been developed in the literature. However, to our knowledge, in almost all of these integration strategies, sustainability and association of strategy with supplier selection criteria have not been taken to the agenda. Therefore, the aim of this paper is twofold. First, we propose a classification for buyer-supplier integration strategies from buyers’ perspectives; second, we put effort to associate integration strategies with supplier selection criteria. An existing fuzzy weightened method is shown for determining whether criterion is important or not for a specific integration level. An actual evaluation is performed in Turkish Electrical and Electronics Industry to guide firms about how they decide selection criteria according to integration level.
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