In the previous articles, the basic structure of the power perspective was outlined and two examples were provided of how buyer and supplier power can be augmented or challenged in simple dyadic exchange relationships. In this article, the discussion is broadened beyond the immediate buyer relationship with first-tier suppliers to take in the issue of how supply chains can, and should, be understood. The article is in three parts. The first section explains why current thinking about supply chains is primarily located within a descriptive paradigm. The second section explains how a more analytic approach to supply chain thinking can be developed. The final section explains the analytic concept of power regimes and discusses its practical utility.
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