Small and Medium Enterprise Research in Supply Chain Management: The Case for Single-Respondent Research Designs

Thomas Kull, Josip Kotlar, Martin Spring

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Abstract

Deciding on the number of respondents in a data-collection instrument is a key design consideration requiring supply chain researchers to balance multiple competing factors. The debate on this respondent design question may unintentionally disregard over 95% of enterprises engaged in supply chains: small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We present arguments for why single-respondent designs can be more appropriate in the SME setting, particularly when considering the various facets of supply chain management and the untapped potential of SCM-SME research. Assuring that SCM theoretical frameworks and research designs allow for SME inclusion will be important in aiding the SCM field to progress forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • SMEs
  • buyer/supplier relationships
  • cross functional interfaces
  • organization
  • supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Marketing

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