Does supplier evaluation impact process improvement?

H. C. Shiva Prasad, Giridhar Kamath, Gopalkrishna Barkur, Rakesh Nayak

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Purpose: The research explores and examines factors for supplier evaluation and its impact on process improvement particularly aiming on a steel pipe manufacturing firm in Gujarat, India. Design/Methodology/approach: The conceptual research framework was developed and hypotheses were stated considering the analysis of literature and discussions with the managers and engineers of a steel pipe manufacturing company in Gujarat, India. Data was collected using in-depth interview. The questionnaire primarily involves the perception of evaluation of supplier. Factors influencing supplier evaluation and its influence on process improvement is also examined in this study. The model testing and validation was done using partial least square method. Outcomes signified that the factors that influence evaluation of the supplier are quality, cost, delivery and supplier relationship management. Findings and Originality/value: The study depicted that quality and cost factors for supplier evaluation are insignificant. The delivery and supplier relationship management have significant influence on evaluation of the supplier. The research also depicted that supplier evaluation has significant influence on process improvement. Research limitations/implications: The study has been made specifically for ABC steel pipe manufacturing industry in Gujarat, India and may not be appropriate to the other industries or any parts of the world. There is a possibility of response bias as the conclusions of this research was interpreted on survey responses taken from the employees of case study company, so it is suggested that future research can overcome this problem by employing various methodologies in addition to surveys like carrying out focus group and in-depth interviews, brainstorming sessions with the experts etc. Originality/value: Many researchers have considered quality, cost and delivery as the factors for evaluating the suppliers. But for a company it is quintessential to have good relationship with the supplier. Hence, the factor, supplier relationship management is considered for the study. Also, the case study company focused more on quality and cost factors for the supplier evaluation of the firm. However delivery and supplier relationship management are also equally important for a firm in evaluating the supplier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-731
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Industrial Engineering and Management
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016

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Steel pipe
Industry
Costs
Process improvement
Supplier evaluation
Suppliers
Managers
Factors
Personnel
Engineers
Supplier relationship management
Testing
Steel
India
Evaluation
Quality costs
In-depth interviews

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Shiva Prasad, H. C. ; Kamath, Giridhar ; Barkur, Gopalkrishna ; Nayak, Rakesh. / Does supplier evaluation impact process improvement?. In: Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management. 2016 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 708-731.
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Shiva Prasad, HC, Kamath, G, Barkur, G & Nayak, R 2016, 'Does supplier evaluation impact process improvement?', Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 708-731. https://doi.org/10.3926/jiem.1777

Does supplier evaluation impact process improvement? / Shiva Prasad, H. C.; Kamath, Giridhar; Barkur, Gopalkrishna; Nayak, Rakesh.

In: Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, Vol. 9, No. 3, 01.01.2016, p. 708-731.

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