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Turning Point. Getting their Wings: Angel Agents Live On - Supplier Stewards in Sustainable Enterprise

Cole, Rosanna (2017) Turning Point. Getting their Wings: Angel Agents Live On - Supplier Stewards in Sustainable Enterprise Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2017 (67). pp. 3-11.

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This ‘turning point’ highlights stewardship theory as an underused but highly applicable behavioural organisational theory to explain and enhance sustainable supply chain management practices. By partly rejecting well accepted agency forms of governance mechanisms, the recommendation to investigate stewardship theory as a way to explain our observations in sustainable operations is encouraged. Future research demonstrating and supporting the use of angel agents will be both provocative and engaging by evidencing the removal of the control mechanisms many see as a necessity in principal-agent relationships. For academics and practioners, adapting theory for modern contexts such as sustainable development, is an important requirement to tackle new challenges. Identifying examples of stewardship theory in buyer-supplier exchanges, which are typically emblematic of a principal-agent approach, is under researched but conspicuous enough to be the subject of empirical and theoretical studies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Date : 1 September 2017
DOI : 10.9774/
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Corporate Citizenship on 1 September 2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : agency theory, stewardship theory, sustainable supply chains, buyer, supplier
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 09 Aug 2017 13:24
Last Modified : 01 Feb 2019 02:08

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