Supply-Chain Research Opportunities With the Poor as Suppliers or Distributors in Developing Countries

Production and Operations Management Journal, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013  

ManMohan S. Sodhi

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Christopher S. Tang

UCLA Anderson School

Date Written: July 15, 2013

Abstract

Many social enterprises and some companies have developed supply chains with the poor as suppliers or distributors to alleviate poverty and to create revenues for themselves. Such supply chains have created new research opportunities because they raise issues fundamentally different from those examined in the existing operations management literature. We report this phenomenon of supply chains with the poor as suppliers or distributors in developing countries and identify OM research opportunities. We also provide some stylized models to serve as potential seeds for modeling-based research in this area.

Keywords: socially responsible operations, value creation, micro-entrepreneurs, social enterprise, social business, supply chain management, supply chain surplus

Suggested Citation

Sodhi, ManMohan S. and Tang, Christopher S., Supply-Chain Research Opportunities With the Poor as Suppliers or Distributors in Developing Countries (July 15, 2013). Production and Operations Management Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292424

ManMohan S. Sodhi (Contact Author)

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Christopher S. Tang

UCLA Anderson School ( email )

110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

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