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Supplier Relationship Management for Circular Economy: Influence of External Pressures and Top Management Commitment

Dubey, Rameshwar, Gunasekaran, Angappa, Childe, Stephen J., Papadopoulos, Thanos, helo, Petri (2019) Supplier Relationship Management for Circular Economy: Influence of External Pressures and Top Management Commitment. Management Decision, 57 (4). pp. 767-790. ISSN 0025-1747. E-ISSN 1758-6070. (doi:10.1108/MD-04-2018-0396) (KAR id:67375)


Purpose: With considerable international awareness of circular economy (CE), the purpose of the study is to propose a theoretical framework, informed by institutional theory and upper echelon theory, to explain how top management commitment mediates the relationship between external pressures and supplier relationship management (SRM) practices for the circular economy.

Design/methodology/approach: We test our hypotheses using cross-sectional data gathered using a survey of companies involved in sustainability practices.

Findings: The results of the hierarchical regression and mediating regression analyses suggest that top management commitment positively mediates the effect of external institutional pressures on supplier relationship management.

Originality/value: We advance existing theory by integrating institutional theory and upper echelon theory to explain SRM practices in sustainable supply networks. Furthermore, we offer guidance to managers who would like to engage in leveraging supplier relationship management in sustainable supply networks and outline future research directions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/MD-04-2018-0396
Uncontrolled keywords: Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Supplier Relationship Management, Institutional Theory, Upper Echelon Theory, Hierarchical Regression
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Thanos Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 09:54 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:39 UTC
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