Specialized supplier networks as a source of competitive advantage : Evidence from the auto industry

  title={Specialized supplier networks as a source of competitive advantage : Evidence from the auto industry},
  author={Jeffrey H. Dyer},
  journal={Strategic Management Journal},
This study examines the relationship between interfirm asset specificity and performance in the auto industry. More specifically, I examine the extent to which differences in supplier–automaker asset specialization may explain performance differences between Japanese automakers (Nissan and Toyota) and U.S. automakers (Chrysler, Ford, General Motors). The findings indicate a positive relationship between supplier–automaker specialization and performance. In particular, the data suggest a… Expand
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