of Limerick, Ireland) looks at "[s]trong ties, weak ties, trust, network initiation, synergy-sensitive resources, relational capability
, network learning, and information sharing" in the telecommunications industry.
SSM is proposed as a relational capability, and following past research is defined to simultaneously consider the entire process--selection, environmental collaboration and evaluation--of a supply function.
The manuscript addresses this question by (1) proposing SSM as a relational capability that is historically dependent and hard to imitate and (2) empirically validating the significant direct and mediating effects of SSM on sustainability performance.
The finding of a significant link between SSM and sustainability performance (H5) provides empirical support for the notion that SSM is a relational capability that can enable firms to (1) gain access to resources, (2) learn new capabilities and (3) combine these relation-specific resources and capabilities in unique and collaborative ways, thereby realizing competitive advantage over competing firms that are unable to do so.
It provides full relational capability
, excellent data analysis features, and a wide variety of programming tools.