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Supply chain transparency as a consumer or corporate tool: The case of Nudie Jeans Co

Författare och institution:
Niklas Egels-Zandén (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Management & Organisation & Centre for Retailing & Centre for Business in Society); Niklas Hansson (Centrum för konsumtionsvetenskap (CFK) & Centre for Retailing & Centre for Business in Society)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Consumer Policy, Epub ahead of print
ISSN:
0168-7034
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2015
Språk:
engelska
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Sammanfattning (abstract):
Outsourcing has led both to the embedding of questionable sustainability practices in opaque supply chains and to anti-sweatshop challenges demanding more transparent supply chains. Previous research has argued that supply chain transparency can be both a consumer tool empowering consumers to pressure disclosing firms to improve sustainability conditions, and a corporate tool for increasing revenues. Based on a study of the transparency project of Swedish company Nudie Jeans, we demonstrate that consumers do not leverage transparency but that transparency improves consumer willingness to buy. In doing this, we contribute to the literature in two important ways. First, we provide one of the first, if not the first, studies of whether consumers in practice leverage increased supply chain transparency, challenging the previous research claim that supply chain transparency is a useful consumer tool. Second, we move beyond studies of purchasing intentions and willingness to buy in experimental settings and confirm that supply chain transparency is a useful corporate tool in practice. We conclude by discussing the policy implications of companies being able to use transparency to increase sales without subjecting themselves to increased consumer pressure.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Företagsekonomi
Nyckelord:
Consumer willingness to buy; Garment; Political consumerism; Supply chain; Sustainability; Textiles; Traceability; Transparency
Postens nummer:
210950
Posten skapad:
2015-01-18 09:25
Posten ändrad:
2016-04-28 14:51

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