Determinants of Vertical Coordination in Buyer-Seller Relations: Exploratory Findings from a Developing Economy

Emmanuel James Chao


This study aims at understanding determinants of vertical coordination for firms in developing economies by
conducting exploratory study in Tanzania. The study is centred on business - to business buyer -seller relations.
Primary data were collected from buying side of the relationship. The main supplier of each firm was identified
and used for answering the questionnaire.Findings suggest contractual flexibility to have higher significant
positive effect in determining vertical coordination. The interaction effect between buyer asset specificity and
contractual flexibility was also significant, while asset specificity by itself was not found to be significant. These
prelimenary findings suggest the strength of vertical coordination relies to extent onwhether parties in
relationship agree to be flexible in their contracts.

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