Risk, Financing and the Optimal Number of Suppliers

  • Volodymyr Babich
  • Göker Aydın
  • Pierre-Yves Brunet
  • Jussi Keppo
  • Romesh Saigal


Should firms in developed economies work with more or fewer suppliers than firms in developing economies? More generally, how does the number of suppliers for a firm depend on the firm’s economic environment? To answer these questions we identify several economic and business factors that might affect the number of suppliers (and that separate developed and developing economies): supply risk, fixed costs of working with suppliers, and access to financing (particularly trade-credit financing).


Fixed Cost Order Quantity Wholesale Price Limited Liability Internal Capital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volodymyr Babich
    • 1
  • Göker Aydın
    • 2
  • Pierre-Yves Brunet
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jussi Keppo
    • 3
  • Romesh Saigal
    • 3
  1. 1.McDonough School of BusinessGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Kelley School of BusinessIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Industrial and Operations EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Credit Risk OfficeBarclays Bank PLCLong Island CityUSA

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