Interpersonal factors as drivers of quality and performance in Western-Hong Kong inter-organizational business relationships

BARNES, Bradley, LEONIDOU, Leonidas C, SIU, Noel Y M and LEONIDOU, Constantinos N (2015). Interpersonal factors as drivers of quality and performance in Western-Hong Kong inter-organizational business relationships. Journal of International Marketing, 23 (1), 23-49.

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Abstract

The authors report the findings of a study conducted among a sample of 202 Hong Kong-based Chinese importing companies regarding their working relationships with Western export manufacturers. In particular, the study emphasizes the effect of interpersonal factors on financial performance through the intervening roles of intercompany trust and relationship quality. Using structural equation modelling, the authors confirm that (1) several interpersonal relational dimensions - namely, personal communication (sijiao), personal credibility (xinyong), and personal affection (ganqing) - positively influence interfirm trust; (2) trust plays an instrumental role in enhancing the components of the interfirm relationship quality (i.e., cooperation, commitment, and satisfaction); (3) interfirm relationship quality is positively related to superior financial performance; and (4) most of the associations between each of the interpersonal factors and interfirm trust were moderated by the importer's size and foreign supplier's origin as well as by the length of the relationship and which party initiated the relationship. The authors extract several conclusions and implications from the findings and provide directions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Marketing and Strategy
Identification Number: 10.1509/jim.14.0008
Depositing User: Claire Bennehan
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 08:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9879

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