Sourcing in Pearl River Delta

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Sourcing in Pearl River Delta


Author: Tam, Wai-fu Ray
Title: Sourcing in Pearl River Delta
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Industrial procurement -- China -- Pearl River Delta -- Management
Department: Graduate School of Business
Pages: 59 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: This research is to explore factors affecting sourcing decision in Pearl River Delta in Southern China. PRD is widely recognized as the world's production center. It is one of the most important parts of the global supply chain in electronics industry. Although a considerable literature exists in the area of industrial or organization buyer behavior, few studies have examined what encourage and deter sourcing in PRD. Questions we raised are related to price, quality, delivery, service and management of suppliers. Factor analysis is used to extract factors that are important when select appropriate supplier. Other areas we will also investigate are development levels and hidden cost to do sourcing in this region. We analyze mean score on different questions to rank positive and negative factors. To empirically explore factors, data is collected via survey research. A sample of 24 respondents was obtained from purchasing professionals in multinational companies. Quality of supplier's management is the most important thing purchasing professionals need to consider. The clustering effect and competitive price in PRD attract more and more overseas buyers. However, buyers caution about quality issue and ever-changing trade regulations. The results have implications for decision-makers in purchasing, supplier, and government officials in PRD region. These results may further foster economic growth in PRD and are valuable points of reference for supply chain management in the electronics industry.

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