In Search of Anonymity in Supply Chains

Journal of Chain and Network Science, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 5-16, 2005

Posted: 12 Jun 2006

See all articles by Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

S. Andrew Starbird

Santa Clara University - Department of Information Systems & Analytics

Abstract

Enforcing compliance standards in supply chains using inspection and other traditional mechanisms may exacerbate the non-compliance effort by those who see these mechanisms as evidence of power imbalance in the relationship. The easier it is for anonymity to exist in supply chain relationships, the greater the incentive for non-compliance, thus creating value for anonymity. We argue that total chain performance can be enhanced by designing and operating supply chains in ways that provided enduring positive signals from the environment to minimize adverse perceptions of powerlessness, coercion and unfairness and increase members' perception of their identity with the organisation. We also explore the interaction between these perception factors and the human factors of opportunism, bounded rationality and risk aversion on the one hand and the environmental factors on the other.

Keywords: anonymity, power, traceability, trust

JEL Classification: M12, L2

Suggested Citation

Amanor-Boadu, Vincent and Starbird, Sterling Andrew, In Search of Anonymity in Supply Chains. Journal of Chain and Network Science, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 5-16, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=907372

Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Contact Author)

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

Manhatten, KS 66506-4001
United States

Sterling Andrew Starbird

Santa Clara University - Department of Information Systems & Analytics ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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