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NDSU management faculty honored for research paper





Two NDSU management faculty members have been recognized with the Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Chanchai Tangpong, professor of management, and Rodney Traub, associate professor of management, were acknowledged for their paper, “A review of buyer-supplier relationship typologies: progress, problems, and future directions,” which was published in the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing 2015, volume 30, Issue 2.

They studied the dynamics in supply chains and exchange relationships between buyers and suppliers.

“Suppliers have become more specialized in various industries and are responsible for a significant portion of firms’ operating costs,” said Traub. “It really calls for a closer look at these types of relationships.”

Tangpong and Traub propose four new buyer-supplier relationships based on industry trends and business practices: supplier-led collaboration, buyer-led collaboration, competitive/win–lose partnership, and free will/voluntary collaboration, in tandem with their performance implications.

“These relationships should be looked at closely - how they form, evolve and under what conditions are they more effective and better functioning for the firms,” said Tangpong.

Tangpong earned his bachelor’s degree at Price of Songkhla University, Thailand; and his Master of Business Administration and doctorate at Southern Illinois University. His research interests include such areas as strategic values of buyer-supplier relationships, the role of human agents in supply chains, top management dynamics, and corporate turnaround.

Traub earned his associate degree from Bismarck Junior College, his bachelor’s degree and MBA at NDSU and his doctorate at Purdue University. His research interests include supply chain management, humanitarian logistics and applied operations management.

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