This research explores the tradeoffs that decision makers are willing to make when implementing development initiatives to improve supplier sustainability performance. We employ a policy capturing methodology in which respondents are forced to choose between multiple potential sustainable supplier development initiatives. Data were collected from traditional and executive MBA students. The results suggest that when confronted with tradeoffs, decision makers value improvements in supplier cost savings and injury reduction equally, which was somewhat unexpected. Further, both improvements in supplier cost savings and injury reduction were valued over supplier emissions performance. Because we measure individual tradeoff preferences, multi-level regression analysis was used to better understand the impact of respondent value structure regarding sustainably developing suppliers. Our findings suggest a hierarchy of tradeoff preferences for decision makers as they pertain to sustainable supplier development. As the pressure to ensure supply chain sustainability increases, more firms will engage in sustainable supplier development. The outcomes of the choices they make when choosing between initiatives, and how managers make these choices, will be of increasing interest in both industry and academia. This research answers previous calls for further examination of decision maker tradeoff preferences in sustainable supply chain development.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management|
|State||Published - Dec 2019|
- Policy capturing
- Supplier management
- Sustainable supplier development
- Tradeoff preferences
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
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Data for: Making Tough Choices: A Policy Capturing Approach to Evaluating the Tradeoffs in Sustainable Supplier Development Initiatives
Carter, C. (Contributor) & Kwan, S. (Contributor), Mendeley Data, 2019
DOI: 10.17632/n9yptvjsv7.1, https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/n9yptvjsv7