An experimental investigation of attribute-framing effects on ordering decisions in dual sourcing: Role of attention to suppliers’ information

Ricky Wong

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Abstract

Purpose: Despite its significance, research on how attribute framing affects ordering decisions in dual sourcing remains insufficient. Hence, this study investigated the effects of attribute framing in a sourcing task involving certain and uncertain qualities of two suppliers and analysed the role of attention with respect to suppliers’ information in framing effects.

Design: The impacts of attribute framing on sourcing decisions were demonstrated in two online between-subject (2 × 2 factorial) experimental studies involving professional samples. Study 2 was an eye-tracking experiment.

Findings: In Study 1 (N = 251), participants presented with a “high-quality” rather than a “low-quality” frame made different sourcing decisions, opting for larger percentage of order(s) from a supplier under the “high-quality” frame. This pattern holds true for suppliers who differ in risk. This finding was replicated in Study 2 (N = 129). Attention asymmetry related to the information on supplier quality contributes to this effect. Attention directed towards information regarding the supplier’s quality under a positive frame mediated the relationship between attribute framing and sourcing decisions.

Practical implication. Highlighting the positive attributes of a risky supplier is essential when ordering from the risky supplier is an optimal decision. It is advantageous for suppliers to highlight positive rather than negative attributes when describing the quality of their components against others.

Originality. This is the first study to examine the effect of attention on the relationship between attribute framing and dual sourcing. This presents a new behavioural perspective wherein managers’ attention to information plays a vital role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-225
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
Volume43
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2023

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