An Investigation into the Implementation of Socially and Environmentally Responsible Procurement

  • Adam Adrien-Kirby

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the intra-organisational processes used by businesses operating in the United Kingdom to narrow the gap between their socially and environmentally responsible procurement (SERP) policy and its implementation in buyer-supplier relationships. This is a response both to the wide variety of recent human/labour rights and environmental violations in corporate supply chains as well as to concerns that the corporate policies developed in response to stakeholder pressure regarding such violations may not be sufficient for the effective implementation of their remedy. This examination of corporate efforts to implement SERP policy initiates a line of research aimed at building a theory of internal SERP policy implementation.The theoretical lens used in the component studies of this thesis is a combination of organisational culture and the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm. The former is used to assess how top managers and procurement departments show support for SERP implementation. This is to say that aspects of their cultures are used to perceive this support. The organisational and human resources made available to the procurement department are considered to be the capabilities needed to translate this support into practice. Drawing on data from a survey of 340 buyer-supplier relationships and from two in-depth case studies of businesses operating in the United Kingdom, this thesis contributes both theoretically and empirically to the literature.Prime examples of this thesis‟ contributions include the mapping of commercial processes used to connect stakeholder rights and pressures to procurement activity; the identification of internal subgroups that affect SERP implementation; and the conceptual reconsideration of two core capabilities theorised to facilitate this process. Further research includes the replication of case studies; the consideration of supplier capabilities to implement buyer requirements; and how this research can be more aligned with extant supply chain strategy research.
Date of Award3 Jul 2013
LanguageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorStephen Brammer (Supervisor) & Andrew Millington (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • CSR
  • supply chain management
  • procurement
  • organizational culture
  • RBV

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An Investigation into the Implementation of Socially and Environmentally Responsible Procurement
Adrien-Kirby, A. (Author). 3 Jul 2013

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD