Title

Supplier Incentives and Resource Constraints under Uncertainty

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1994

Abstract

Procurement in environments of cost uncertainty and asymmetric information require special arrangements such as the linear incentive contract. Usually the buyer is motivated to make investments that can relieve temporary supplier resource constraints during the procurement. Special problems arise, however, due to interactions between investments in suppliers and the risk-incentive trade-off achieved by the incentive contract. A cost signaling model is proposed to overcome these problems, where a supplier offers an equity share in the profit from the incentive contract to the buyer in return for a priori investment. The equity share signals the supplier's private cost information, and forms the basis for the buyer's investment decision. Under equilibrium the buyer can expect to recover the entire amount provided to the supplier through his or her share of the profit.

Discipline

Corporate Finance

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

Managerial and Decision Economics

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

49

Last Page

56

ISSN

0143-6570

Identifier

10.1002/mde.4090150106