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Supply chain strategies in the UK fashion industry - the rhetoric of partnership and realities of power

Hines, Tony and McGowan, Pauric (2005) Supply chain strategies in the UK fashion industry - the rhetoric of partnership and realities of power. The international entrepreneurship and management journal, 1 (4). pp. 519-537. ISSN 1555-1938

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the fashion industry, one characterised by issues such as dramatic shifts in the scale and power of major retail buyers in the market, the advent of retailer own brands, and the nature of sourcing and supply chain decisions, issues that are increasingly global in nature. The aim of this research is to explore the nature of relationships between UK high street multiple fashion retailers and their contracted suppliers, many of whom are entrepreneurial firms by most definitions of the term. Four core themes emerge from the literature and provide a framework for the research, namely, power, process, partnership, and people. The research approach was qualitative, and conducted over a period of twelve months. The paper ends with an agenda for future research.

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