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Selecting suppliers for socially sustainable supply chain management: Post-exchange supplier development activities as pre-selection requirements

Cole, Rosanna and Aitken, James (2019) Selecting suppliers for socially sustainable supply chain management: Post-exchange supplier development activities as pre-selection requirements Production Planning & Control, 30 (14). pp. 1184-1202.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide an understanding of how the supplier selection process used by buying organisations to establish socially sustainable supply chains has evolved from the traditional purchasing function. Through the application of a socially responsible purchasing (SRP) approach, organisations are attempting to address the challenges of selecting appropriate suppliers to engage with. To achieve SRP, behavioural agency attributes were found to complement traditional agency forms of governance from the start of the process. Through the use of an exploratory case study approach, three focal (purchasing) firms pursuing a strong sustainability agenda, and two supply chain intermediary organisations were investigated. The results show that supplier development activities previously positioned post-selection, are now performed at the pre-selection stage, moving them to the beginning of the process. Suppliers must now demonstrate commitment to sustainability through implementing improvements highlighted in corrective action reports at the pre-selection point before any financial transactions occur. The movement of post-selection supplier development activities to the pre- selection stage, to align sustainability goals and reduce risk, is a significant finding of this paper that purchasing personnel and suppliers should consider in the establishment of a socially sustainable supply chain.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Cole, Rosannar.cole@surrey.ac.uk
Aitken, JamesJames.Aitken@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 14 May 2019
DOI : 10.1080/09537287.2019.1595208
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning & Control on 03 March 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2019.1595208
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sustainable supply chain management; Socially responsible purchasing; Supplier selection; Behavioural agency theory
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 27 Mar 2019 13:36
Last Modified : 15 May 2020 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850891

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