Much of the existing literature discusses vertical inte-gration and competitive spot bidding as sourcing strategy choices, but often neglects intermediate sourcing strategies, such as taper integration and long-term supplier relationships. This exploratory study examines the extent to which firms use intermediate sourcing strategies, as opposed to the polar strategies, and attempts to improve our understanding of the sourcing choices available to manufacturing firms. Results from a sample of 209 plant managers indicate that firms use taper integra-tion and long-term supplier relationships more fre-quently than vertical integration and competitive spot bidding. Further, the choice of a sourcing strategy was found to be dependent on the industry.
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