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Research Seminar: The nature of buyer-supplier relationships: Lessons from the Central European Supplier Survey

Research Seminar: The nature of buyer-supplier relationships: Lessons from the Central European Supplier Survey

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to the Research Seminar titled "The nature of buyer-supplier relationships: Lessons from the Central European Supplier Survey", presented by Dr. Balázs Muraközy

Abstract

The increasing importance of global value chains has created both scientific and policy interest in supplier-buyer relationships. Data availability is often a key constraint for such research. The few firm-to-firm datasets that exist contain little information on how relationships form and operate. This study introduces the Central European Supplier Survey, a new data source, which merges survey information with financial statements for a large sample of manufacturing firms from Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The first part of the paper describes the data collection process and the different issues and dilemmas it brought about, while the second part highlights key features of firm connections. These results show that (i) buyer/supplier portfolios are correlated with productivity, (ii) key relationships are as often initiated by the buyer as the supplier and (iii) many of these relationships start with both product and process innovation. These patterns indicate that many key relationships are of long-term and relational. Such patterns can be of key interest for policymakers aiming at supporting firms in creating high-value relationships.

Area: Economics

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Date:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Time:

18:00

Location:

ZOOM

Speaker

Balázs Muraközy

Lecturer at University of Liverpool Management School

Balázs Muraközy obtained his PhD at the Central European University in Budapest in 2008. He joined the Economics Deparment at the University of Liverpool Management School in 2019. His research focuses on how firms' decisions on technology, innovation or internationalization are related to outcomes for workers, firms and the the economy in general. Methodologically, he mostly works with large linked microdata. He has been involved in numerous research projects for the World Bank and the European Union analyzing productivity, innovation and policies aimed to promote increased competitiveness. Muraközy has published various papers in leading economic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the European Economic Review or the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.