Supply chain collaboration and supply chain finance adoption: the moderating role of information transparency and transaction dependence

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Purpose: Although supply chain collaboration (SCC) theoretically boosts the adoption of supply chain finance (SCF) through information sharing and cost savings, many companies with good supply chain partnerships still hesitate to engage in SCF. To disentangle this puzzle, this study aims to explore how two dimensions of information transparency (i.e. information quantity and information quality) and two types of transaction dependence (i.e. dependence on suppliers and dependence on customers) influence the relationship between SCC and SCF adoption. Design/methodology/approach: This study uses secondary survey data from a Chinese bank, including 464 Chinese companies that have adopted SCF to varying degrees. This study then performs the logistic regression analysis to test the hypotheses. Findings: This study empirically confirms that SCC shows a positive relationship with SCF adoption. More interestingly, information quantity negatively moderates this positive relationship, whereas information quality positively moderates this positive relationship. Most surprisingly, dependence on customers rather than dependence on suppliers strengthens this positive relationship. Originality/value: This study makes theoretical contributions to the SCF literature by demonstrating the distinct moderating mechanisms regarding the relationship between SCC and SCF adoption. The findings also help companies reexamine their interactions with supply chain members.

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Li, L., Wang, Z., Chen, L., Zhao, X., & Yang, S. (2023). Supply chain collaboration and supply chain finance adoption: the moderating role of information transparency and transaction dependence. Supply Chain Management, 28(4), 710–723. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-04-2022-0169

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