JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
Asymmetries in Supply Chain Management:
Differences Between Poland and Spain
Author(s): Marek Michalski, Rasoul Afifi, José Luis Montes, Bruce D. Fischer
Citation: Marek Michalski, Rasoul Afifi, José Luis Montes, Bruce D. Fischer, (2013) "Asymmetries in Supply Chain Management: Differences Between Poland and Spain," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, Iss. 6, pp. 42 - 72
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
Although asymmetries are commonly presented as a natural, almost organic, part of collaboration
agreements, many researchers merely mention them in extant literature. This paper extends previous
qualitative studies concerning asymmetric relationships by means of a quantitative and comparative,
cross-sectional, supply chain study in two environments, one emerging (Poland) and one mature (Spain).
It posits that asymmetries change the behaviors of participants in collaborative arrangements. The
findings suggest that asymmetry in supply chain management is multi-faceted and influences various
relationships disparately. The results of this investigation clarify real problems of supply chain
collaborations and performance improvements.