Financial and market impacts of buyer-supplier sustainability asymmetries : Empirical evidence from sensitive industries

Montes-Sancho, María J. and Tachizawa, Elcio M. and Blome, Constantin (2022) Financial and market impacts of buyer-supplier sustainability asymmetries : Empirical evidence from sensitive industries. Journal of Cleaner Production, 370: 133256. ISSN 0959-6526

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The aim of this study is to analyze how environmental and social sustainability asymmetries in buyer-supplier relationships affect the buyer financial and market performance. In particular, we draw from legitimacy theory to explain how sustainability asymmetries affect firm performance. The hypotheses are tested using a longitudinal dataset of 516 buyer firms belonging to sensitive industries and their top suppliers. Results suggest that, contrary to earlier studies, sustainability asymmetries may have a positive effect on financial performance. Moreover, we detected that whereas environmental asymmetries have a significant impact on firm performance, social asymmetries do not. In addition, results suggest that, within the environmental dimension, asymmetries have different effects, depending on the environmental sub-dimension. For example, while having a higher buyer-supplier asymmetry in the resource reduction area improves buyer profitability, in the area of emissions it leads to a negative performance. Also, research shows that such impact will depend on which party is leading the sustainability initiatives (i.e. buyer or supplier). The main managerial implication is that investing in reducing buyer-supplier sustainability asymmetries can be counterproductive in certain dimensions, whereas in other ones it could actually improve financial and market performance.

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Journal of Cleaner Production
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Cleaner Production, 370, 133256, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.133256
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?? asymmetrybuyer-supplier relationshipsenvironmental and social sustainabilityfinancial and market performancesensitive industriesrenewable energy, sustainability and the environmentbuilding and constructionenvironmental science(all)strategy and managementi ??
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