Sustainability in multi-tier supply chains: Understanding the double agency role of the first-tier supplier
|Speaker:||Prof. Constantine Bloom , University of Sussex Business School|
|Date: ||Thursday 23 February 2017|
|Time: ||14:00 - 15:00|
|Location: ||Building One Kolade Teaching Room|
In light of the growing complexity of globally dispersed, multi-tier supply chains, the involvement of first-tier suppliers has become instrumental in the quest for achieving sustainability compliance along the supply chain. We describe this new responsibility as the double agency role. The findings from three in-depth case studies embedded in different institutional contexts highlight the importance for lead firms to incentivize each agency role separately and to reduce information asymmetries, particularly at the second-tier level. We integrate our findings in a conceptual framework that advances the research agenda on multi-tier sustainable supply chains.