Making tough choices: A policy capturing approach to evaluating the tradeoffs in sustainable supplier development initiatives

Zachary S. Rogers, Craig Carter, Virginia Kwan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Article number100574
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Fingerprint

Supplier development
Policy capturing
Trade-offs
Suppliers
Decision maker
Cost savings
Supply chain
Sustainability
Regression analysis
Managers
Industry
Methodology

Keywords

  • Policy capturing
  • Supplier management
  • Sustainable supplier development
  • Tradeoff preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing

Cite this

Making tough choices : A policy capturing approach to evaluating the tradeoffs in sustainable supplier development initiatives. / Rogers, Zachary S.; Carter, Craig; Kwan, Virginia.

In: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol. 25, No. 5, 100574, 01.12.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{db51e5869a76499b98a92d83090c7a6b,
title = "Making tough choices: A policy capturing approach to evaluating the tradeoffs in sustainable supplier development initiatives",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "Policy capturing, Supplier management, Sustainable supplier development, Tradeoff preferences",
author = "Rogers, {Zachary S.} and Craig Carter and Virginia Kwan",
year = "2019",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.pursup.2019.100574",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "25",
journal = "Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management",
issn = "1478-4092",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Making tough choices

T2 - A policy capturing approach to evaluating the tradeoffs in sustainable supplier development initiatives

AU - Rogers, Zachary S.

AU - Carter, Craig

AU - Kwan, Virginia

PY - 2019/12/1

Y1 - 2019/12/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Policy capturing

KW - Supplier management

KW - Sustainable supplier development

KW - Tradeoff preferences

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85071654494&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85071654494&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.pursup.2019.100574

DO - 10.1016/j.pursup.2019.100574

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85071654494

VL - 25

JO - Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

JF - Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

SN - 1478-4092

IS - 5

M1 - 100574

ER -