Structural embeddedness and supplier management: A network perspective

Thomas Choi, Yusoon Kim

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The concept of structural embeddedness refers to the importance of framing suppliers as being embedded in larger supply networks rather than in isolation. Such framing helps buying companies create more realistic policies and strategies when managing their suppliers. Simply put, the performance of a supplier is dependent on its own supply networks. By adopting the concept of structural embeddedness, we learn that a buying company needs to look at a supplier's extended supply network to arrive at a more complete evaluation of that supplier's performance. By doing so, a buying company may do a better job of selecting suppliers for long-term relationships and may also find value in maintaining relationships with poorly performing suppliers who may potentially act as a conduit to other companies with technological and innovative resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 8 2008


  • Extended supplier network
  • Social network analysis
  • Supplier evaluation
  • Supplier performance
  • Supplier relationship
  • Supplier selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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