Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Supply Chain Management: A Normative Perspective

30 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2005  

Robert E. Spekman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Patricia H. Werhane

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

D. Eric Boyd

James Madison University - College of Business

Abstract

Integrated supply chains are becoming an integral part of the competitive landscape as firms seek to create strategic advantages. Yet, along with the economic benefits derived from these more coordinated supply chains come certain social obligations. Many buying firms are developing codes of conduct as a way of managing a number of partner behaviors within the supply chain. The issues addressed here converge on the extent to which buyers ought to be responsible for the ethical behaviors of their suppliers. While the management of partner-corporate social responsibility is an important issue for firms, extant research offers little guidance. This paper develops a framework for considering the obligations of the more powerful supply chain member to the other members of the supply chain. We examine the extent to which one supply chain member should exert governance as it relates to social responsibility on the members of the extended supply chain. We provide both managerial and theoretical insight.

Keywords: supply chain, business ethics, corporate social responsibility

Suggested Citation

Spekman, Robert E. and Werhane, Patricia H. and Boyd, D. Eric, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Supply Chain Management: A Normative Perspective. Darden Business School Working Paper No. 04-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=655223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.655223

Robert E. Spekman (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
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Patricia H. Werhane

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4840 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/werhane.htm

D. Eric Boyd

James Madison University - College of Business ( email )

Harrisonburg, VA 22807
United States

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