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Social responsibility in apparel supply chains : exploring drivers, enablers, and barriers in Vietnam and Indonesia

  • A distinctive highlight of the dissertation at hand is the investigation of multiple apparel supply chain actors incorporating the views of a global apparel retailer in Europe and multiple suppliers in Vietnam and Indonesia. More specifically, the dissertation presents a coherent investigation starting with the depiction of a conceptual framework for social management strategies as a means for social risk management (SRM), exclusively aiming at the apparel industry. In accordance to the identified research gaps and suggested research directions from the conceptual framework, the role of the apparel sourcing agent for social management strategies was analysed by conducting a multiple case study approach with evidence from Vietnam and Europe, ultimately suggesting ten propositions. Whereas a further multiple case study data collection in Vietnam, Indonesia and Europe allowed for the investigation of buyer-supplier relationships with regards to social compliance strategies by using core tenets of agency theory to interpret the findings and outline ten propositions. Based on the development of a conceptual framework on social SSCM in the apparel industry, the formulation of related 20 propositions with evidence from crucial developing (apparel sourcing) countries, and the application of agency theory which has been declared as a shortfall in this context, this thesis contributes with further grounding to SSCM theory and substantially contributes to the debate by addressing numerous research gaps.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKöksal, Deniz
Publisher:Universität Ulm
Place of publication:Ulm
Referee:Martin Müller, Jochen SträhleORCiD
Referee of HS Reutlingen:Strähle, Jochen
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Publication year:2019
Date of final exam:2019/07/29
Tag:corporate social responsibility; supply chain management
Page Number:279
Dissertation note:Dissertation, Universität Ulm, 2019
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access