Supplier Performance Management in Context of Size and Sector Characteristics of Enterprises

Martin Pech, Drahoš Vaněček


Purpose: The paper deals with the differences of supplier performance management characteristics by different size of the enterprises and sectors of industry.

Methodology/Approach: The research is based on a questionnaire survey carried out in 2016-2019 in 366 enterprises. Four hypotheses were formulated, focused on supplier selection preferences, frequency of supply evaluation,  providing feedback to the suppliers about their performance and quality control. The results are analyzed by the tests of Chi-square statistics.

Findings: The results show that the enterprises differ in the criteria of the selection of the supplier, frequency of supply evaluation and providing feedback to the suppliers about their performance according to their sector industry. In terms of the size of the enterprises, differences were found only in the evaluation of suppliers and evaluation feedback. Enterprises did not differ in quality control of the deliveries.

Research Limitation/implication: The results show that quality is the most evaluated criterion in the selection of the suppliers. In the future, the importance of other environmental and Industry 4.0 criteria will grow. It is recommended combining supplier evaluation and reviews with the feedback to the suppliers to improve the performance of the suppliers.

Originality/Value of paper: The study compares the enterprises in terms of their size and industries in the area of supplier performance management characteristics. These criteria are often not mentioned nor compared in other publications.


quality; suppliers evaluation; quality control; preferences

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