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|Title:||CSR in the global marketplace: Towards sustainable global value chains|
|Citation:||Management Decision, 2008; 46(8):1187-1209|
|Publisher:||Emerald Publishing Group Limited|
|Luciano Barin Cruz and Dirk Michael Boehe|
|Abstract:||PURPOSE – The main purpose of this article is to identify some emergent issues when sustainability is introduced into global value chains. These issues deal with the conditions under which a sustainable global value chain might gain international competitiveness. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH – An exploratory research was conducted, based on a case study. The main players of the JOBEK's Global Value Chain were identified and interviews were carried out with representatives of these players. A thematic content analysis was developed, supported by Atlas TI software, using interview data and documents. FINDINGS – Three main themes have emerged, which can be considered as underlying issues of an emerging concept that the authors call the “sustainable global value chain”. These are: bargaining power between the chain's players; a differentiation strategy along the global value chain; and a collaborative awareness-building process along the global value chain. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS – Although the findings result from a single case study, the characteristics of this case have allowed the authors to suggest an emergent concept for the field of international business: the concept of a sustainable global value chain. This has implications for the development of a new research field and for the introduction of some ethical concerns into this field. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS – Managers of organizations that participate in sustainable global value chains may consider the emerging concepts and their interrelationships as a guideline for strategic decision-making. In particular, managers need to be aware of how the relationships between power balance, CSR product differentiation strategies and awareness building may influence the competitiveness of their sustainable global value chain. ORIGINALITY/VALUE – The article proposes the emergence of a new concept that has important ethical implications for international business: the sustainable global value chain. The authors suggest that the further development of this new concept is likely to stimulate the development of an emergent research field.|
|Rights:||© Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Appears in Collections:||Business School publications|
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