Navigating supply chain disruptions: a purchasing portfolio matrix analysis of Chinese manufacturing SMEs in the context of COVID-19

Yu Han, Anna Yumiao Tian, Woon Kian Chong, Alain Yee Loong Chong, Antony Paulraj

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    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets with an updated Purchasing Portfolio Matrix (PPM) specifically for international sourcing. This data-driven PPM matrix is designed to provide a dynamic and process perspective that can help SMEs survive the disruptions caused by emergency situations such as the global COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: This research reports on qualitative interviews with experienced informants from 15 SMEs in the manufacturing industry. The authors follow process-based research using a combination of retrospective and real-time case study approaches to gradually unveil the dynamics in segmentation and sourcing strategies in the international sourcing context during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings: The findings reveal the dynamics of segmentation and international sourcing strategies during global disruptions and unpack the underlying logic behind the dynamics that is specific to SMEs in emerging economies. Originality/value: Existing literature on PPM predominantly focuses on static and normal sourcing circumstances. This paper addresses this gap by adopting a dynamic approach to study how sourcing strategies of SMEs from emerging economies evolve in a highly volatile environment from an international sourcing perspective.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


    • COVID-19 pandemic
    • Emergency situations
    • Emerging economies
    • International sourcing
    • Purchasing portfolio matrix
    • SMEs
    • Supply chain disruption

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Decision Sciences
    • Strategy and Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation


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