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The Caenorhabditis elegans dauer larva is specialized for dispersal without growth and is formed under conditions of overcrowding and limited food. The daf-7 gene, required for transducing environmental cues that support continuous development with plentiful food, encodes a transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily member. A daf-7 reporter(More)
This paper is concerned with firms that attempt to break out of their current position in their domestic market network. Specifically, how small suppliers in buyer-dominated relationships in the UK textile industry can develop an international network position. The paper draws on the findings of an exploratory study of five UK-based small and medium-sized(More)
a r t i c l e i n f o Keywords: Asymmetry Customer–supplier relationships Smaller supplier Larger customer Taiwanese electronics industry The purpose of this paper is to analyse the relationship development stages of asymmetric customer–supplier relationships. The structure of relationships between larger customers and smaller suppliers has been the focus(More)
In seeking to understand relationships between smaller suppliers and larger customers, there is a growing interest in examining the characteristics of asymmetry in relationships. However, there is a paucity of research that looks at the consequences of size asymmetry for smaller suppliers. Building on IMP (Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group)(More)
This study explores the dynamic process of global sourcing development through a case study of the Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA and its supply network concerning the PAX wardrobe system. The paper provides a synthesis of the existing global sourcing literature by dividing this growing body of research into three major themes: globalization processes(More)
This paper offers a typology that distinguishes between three types of customer-supplier relationships, namely asymmetrical customer-dominated and supplier-dominated relationships and more symmetrical relationships. A conceptual framework that identifies strategic relationship alternatives for small and medium-sized firms in asymmetrical relationships is(More)
This paper explores sustainability in supply network from a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) perspective. The paper provides a literature review of sustainability in supply chains and networks and defines related concepts and approaches. Two pilot case studies have been conducted in France exploring how large manufacturing companies engage SME(More)
Both business and consumer markets of food and drink are increasingly changing, concomitant with changing consumer habits and lifestyles. Particularly in industrialised countries, there has been a tremendous growth in consumer interest for organic food in the last fifteen years, largely driven by the need for healthy food. These market changes have(More)