Recognizing and Resolving Social Dilemmas in Supply-Chain Public-Private Partnerships

Journal of Business Logistics, 2013, 34(4): 360–372

13 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2012 Last revised: 9 Nov 2016

See all articles by Matthew W. McCarter

Matthew W. McCarter

University of Texas at San Antonio; Chapman University - Economic Science Institute

Darcy Fudge Kamal

Chapman University; Chapman University - Economic Science Institute

Date Written: September 28, 2012

Abstract

The public-private partnership is a popular strategy for creating global sustainable value. However, many public-private partnerships struggle to realize their value-added potential. Why do some public-private partnerships succeed while others fail, and how may those struggling succeed? Combining supply-chain integration and social dilemma perspectives into the conversation of public-private partnerships, we examine the dynamics and psychology of cooperation necessary for public-private partnership success. Addressing the first part of our research question, we recognize three social dilemmas that can manifest while managing public-private partnership supply chains: a give-some dilemma, a take-some dilemma, and a give-or-take-some dilemma. To address the second part of our research question, we present a taxonomy of strategies resolving these public-private partnership social dilemmas through the enhancement of trust, self-efficacy, and/or social responsibility. We discuss implications for public-private partnerships, supply-chain, and social dilemma literatures.

Keywords: cooperation, give-some dilemma, take-some dilemma, public-private partnership, social dilemma, supply-chain integration

JEL Classification: C71, C72, D71

Suggested Citation

McCarter, Matthew W. and Fudge Kamal, Darcy, Recognizing and Resolving Social Dilemmas in Supply-Chain Public-Private Partnerships (September 28, 2012). Journal of Business Logistics, 2013, 34(4): 360–372. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2153975

Matthew W. McCarter (Contact Author)

University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
United States

Chapman University - Economic Science Institute ( email )

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Orange, CA 92866
United States

Darcy Fudge Kamal

Chapman University ( email )

Orange, CA 92866
United States

Chapman University - Economic Science Institute ( email )

One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
United States

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