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Managing imbalanced supply chain relationships for sustainability: A power perspective

Touboulic, Anne, Chicksand, Daniel and Walker, Helen Lisbeth 2014. Managing imbalanced supply chain relationships for sustainability: A power perspective. Decision Sciences 45 (4) , pp. 577-619. 10.1111/deci.12087

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Abstract

This study adopts a power perspective to investigate sustainable supply chain relationships and specifically uses resource dependence theory (RDT) to critically analyze buyer–supplier–supplier relationships. Empirical evidence is provided, extending the RDT model in this context. The concept of power relationships is explored through a qualitative study of a multinational company and agricultural growers in the UK food industry that work together to implement sustainable practices. We look at multiple triadic relationships involving a large buyer and its small suppliers to investigate how relative power affects the implementation of sustainable supply-management practices. The study highlights that power as dependence is relevant to understanding compliance in sustainable supply chains and to identifying appropriate relationship-management strategies to build more sustainable supply chains. We show the influences of power on how players manage their relationships and how it affects organizational responses to the implementation of sustainability initiatives. Power notably influences the sharing of sustainability-related risks and value between supply chain partners. From a managerial perspective, the study contributes to developing a better understanding of how power can become an effective way to achieve sustainability goals. This paper offers insights into the way in which a large organization works with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to implement sustainable practices and shows how power management—that is, the way in which power is used—can support or hinder effective cooperation around sustainability in the supply chain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Additional Information: This article reports on findings from a three-year research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Pdf uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0011-7315/ (accessed 01/12/2014).
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0011-7315
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 19 February 2014
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 14:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/60870

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