Small talk, big impact – The influence of casual collegial advice on purchasing negotiations

Jiachun Lu, Lutz Kaufmann, Craig R. Carter

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The concept of behavioral supply management has attracted substantial research attention since its introduction about a decade ago. Nevertheless, it is still in a developmental stage, and the supply management field represents a unique and fertile ground for more behavioral research. In this paper, we demonstrate the uncharted potential of behavioral supply management with a special focus on casual advice-giving, which is broadly present in everyday organizational interactions. The study differentiates among three collegial advice types for buyers – to be honest, bluff, or lie – and investigates its influence on subsequent buyer–supplier negotiations. Scenario-based experiments show that advisees are prone to heed advice to be honest and to bluff, but not heed advice to lie in supplier negotiations. Further, we found that, regardless of the advice content, advisees seem to be indifferent to whether the advice is solicited or unsolicited and the advice-giver's job function. Finding that even small talk can have a big impact, we conclude with a call for more behaviorally-focused empirical research and a broader agenda for behavioral supply management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100576
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Advice
  • Deception
  • Scenario-based experiments
  • Social learning theory
  • Social psychological theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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