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Sustainable Purchasing in Food Retailing : Interorganizational Relationship Management to Green Product Supply

Chkanikova, Olga LU (2016) In Business Strategy and the Environment 25(7). p.478-494
Abstract

Stakeholders’ demands for product sustainability redefine the focus of corporate purchasing strategies from the traditional concern with financial performance to considerations of ‘triple bottom line’ viability. This adds to the complexity of managing interorganizational relationships and poses a question regarding corporate ability to effectively leverage suppliers over environmental and social performance of supplied goods. Since it is not clear what type of purchasing relationship is more favorable for greening a product supply, the current paper aims to investigate how food retailers manage their relationships with suppliers in order to influence the environmental and social performance of procured goods and improve the availability... (More)

Stakeholders’ demands for product sustainability redefine the focus of corporate purchasing strategies from the traditional concern with financial performance to considerations of ‘triple bottom line’ viability. This adds to the complexity of managing interorganizational relationships and poses a question regarding corporate ability to effectively leverage suppliers over environmental and social performance of supplied goods. Since it is not clear what type of purchasing relationship is more favorable for greening a product supply, the current paper aims to investigate how food retailers manage their relationships with suppliers in order to influence the environmental and social performance of procured goods and improve the availability of sustainably produced supply. The research is based on two case studies of Swedish supermarkets and supplementary semi-structured interviews with Swedish, British and Danish supermarkets. The results of the study contribute to the existing body of academic knowledge in the field of sustainable supply chain management by developing a typology of sustainable purchasing relationships with detailed insights into the nature of collaborative practices, structure of incentives, sustainability ambition, and approaches to verification of compliance. The study has also revealed the dependence of sustainable purchasing relationships on the characteristics of the procurement context, namely the presence of well-established sustainability certification schemes, perceived by purchaser's situation with availability of sustainability certified supply and purchaser's interpretation of the state of power dependence in relationships with suppliers.

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food retailers, supplier relations, sustainability issues, sustainable purchasing, sustainable supply chain management
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Business Strategy and the Environment
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25
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John Wiley & Sons
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0964-4733
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10.1002/bse.1877
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  author       = {Chkanikova, Olga},
  issn         = {0964-4733},
  keyword      = {food retailers,supplier relations,sustainability issues,sustainable purchasing,sustainable supply chain management},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {478--494},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Business Strategy and the Environment},
  title        = {Sustainable Purchasing in Food Retailing : Interorganizational Relationship Management to Green Product Supply},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bse.1877},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2016},
}