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A case study of supplier selection in developing economies: a perspective on institutional theory and corporate social responsibility

A case study of supplier selection in developing economies: a perspective on institutional theory and corporate social responsibility

Adebanjo, Dotun, Ojadi, Francis, Laosirihongthong, Tritos and Tickle, Matthew (2013) A case study of supplier selection in developing economies: a perspective on institutional theory and corporate social responsibility. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 18 (5). pp. 553-566. ISSN 1359-8546 (doi:10.1108/SCM-08-2012-0272)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of supplier selection activities in a service sector organisation in Nigeria. It aims to examine the role of normative forces within the context of Institutional Theory.

Design/methodology/approach – A single case study approach was used. Action research utilising participant observation was used in data collection. Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS.

Findings – Criteria relating to corporate social responsibility (CSR) proved to be a significant weakness for Nigerian suppliers, as most of the bidding organisations were unable to show evidence of, for example, payment of taxes and insurance for their employees. However, suppliers of services, in general, performed better than suppliers of products.

Practical implications – Suppliers of products and services in Nigeria need to improve their performance with respect to CSR in particular. As most of these organisations are small businesses, they had previously tended to avoid the costs related to CSR implementation. Furthermore, large customer organisations can utilise their buying power and influence to encourage their suppliers to change their corporate strategies and practices.

Originality/value – The selection of suppliers within the study context has previously not been examined. There has been little understanding of the capabilities of suppliers of minor products and services, particularly in relation to fulfilling CSR obligations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Citation: Dotun Adebanjo, Francis Ojadi, Tritos Laosirihongthong, Matthew Tickle, (2013) "A case study of supplier selection in developing economies: a perspective on institutional theory and corporate social responsibility", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 18 Iss: 5, pp.553 - 566. Link to final published version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SCM-08-2012-0272. [2] This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (http://gala.gre.ac.uk/10706). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate social responsibility, institutional theory, Nigeria, purchasing, selection, supplier selection, suppliers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10706

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