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Using organisational theories to further our understanding of socially sustainable supply chains

Hannibal, C and Kauppi, K (2014) Using organisational theories to further our understanding of socially sustainable supply chains. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 19 (4). pp. 413-420. ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to use organisational theories to frame research questions examining how to embed social sustainability in supply chain management (SCM) by focusing on fair trade.
Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on previous organisational theory review papers in SCM, institutional theory and the extended resource-based view have been used as theoretical lenses to develop research questions for further studies.
Findings – The authors developed seven research questions that enable and encourage the further examination of the factors impacting fair trade supply chains, as well as identify approaches to improve social sustainability in SCM practice.
Social implications – As the aim of fair trade is to rebalance inequities inherent in North–South trading relationships, further work in this area has the potential for positive economic, environmental and social impact.
Originality/value – The paper discusses two key themes: whether fair trade is changing SCM practices, and whether fair trade is a source of competitive advantage in supply chains. Using established theory to develop research questions encourages further examination of this important topic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management, 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, 1505 Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of Products
Divisions: Liverpool Business School (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Emerald publishing Group
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 08:12
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 08:12
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/scm-09-2013-0332
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10801

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