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EDI: Journal of Supply Management presents it's first Emerging Discourse Incubator
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This week Journal of Supply Chain Management is delighted to showcase it's first Emerging discourse incubator.
The topic for the first EDI is research where the focal actor in a supply network is not a for-profit firm. The goal is to incubate a discourse where organizations such as NGOs, regulators, and the like are viewed as managers of their own supply networks, rather than as non-traditional members of other firms’ networks. While these networks may contain for-profit firms, the focus is on managing them from the perspective of organizations whose main motivation is not profit maximization (Carter, et al., 2015; Pagell & Wu, 2009).

With the exception of humanitarian logistics, SCM research is almost always based on a for-profit firm as the focal actor in the network, typically with the explicit aim of increasing its profits. This is a major oversight, since actors such as NGOs also manage supply chains, thus, perspectives other than maximizing one actor’s profits may be more relevant (Pagell & Shevchenko, 2014). For example, Rodríguez et al., (2016) describe how NGOs use traditional supply chain management practices to alleviate poverty. NGOs and the like are expected to develop unique practices, due to their motivation and resources (Rodriguez, et al., 2016). Research needs to explore this, in order to both improve management of these actors’ networks and enable for-profit firms to better achieve their sustainability goals. Thus, the goal of this EDI is to expand our knowledge so that the SCM field is of value to all organisations involved in managing a supply network.

Professor Mark Pagell one of JSCM's Editors in Chief gives an overview and introduction to this Emerging Discourse Incubator while the papers included in this EDI are linked below.

 Delivering Transformational change:Aligning Supply Chain and Stakeholders in Non-Governmental Organisations:  Jury Gualndris & Robert Klassen

Cross-sector relations in global supply chains: A social capital perspective: Jonathan L. Johnson, Kevin J. Dooley, David G. Hyatt, Andrew M. Hutson

The Roles of Institutional Complexity and Hybridity in Social Impact Supply Chain Management: Madeleine Pullman, Annachiara Longoni, Davide Luzzini

EDI Spotlight: Delivering Transformational change:Aligning Supply Chain and Stakeholders in Non-Governmental Organisations

In this weeks Spotlight we talk to Dr. Jury Gualandris & Professor Robert Klassen about their article which is included in our Emerging Discourse Incubator.

Dr. Gualandris and Professor Klassen explore the alignment of Supply chains within NGOs.

"Governments and global corporations increasingly both confront and rely on International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) to identify, design and deliver interventions that prompt transformational change in societies, industries and supply chains. For INGOs, transformational change is defined as a fundamental, long-lasting reframing of a social or industrial system through synergistically altering the knowledge, practices and relationships of multiple stakeholder groups. With each intervention, the focal INGO assembles its own complex supply chain of non-profit organizations and for-profit firms to provide the necessary resources and skills. While prior supply chain management literature provides a good starting point, with some generalizability to the non-profit sector, this paper begins with several key differences to explore how interventions are delivered, and then, how INGOs’ supply chains must be aligned. In doing so, at least three critical factors must be taken into account to improve alignment: stakeholder-induced uncertainty; supply chain configuration; and supply chain dynamism. By synthesizing these factors with prior literature and emerging anecdotal evidence, tentative frameworks and research questions emerge about how INGOs can better leverage their supply chains, thereby offering a basis for scholars in supply chain management to build a much richer and more nuanced research understanding of INGOs."

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EDI Spotlight: Emerging Discourse Incubator: The Roles of Institutional Complexity and Hybridity in Social Impact Supply Chain Management

This week we turn the spotlight on the first paper from our Emerging Discourse Incubator.

We sat down and talked with Professor Mellie Pullman, Dr Annachiara Longoni and Dr. Davide Luzzini about Social Impact Supply Chain Management looking at how social enterprises manage their supply chains to generate social benefit while maintaining or improving their financial viability in the long term.

"Supply chain research and practice has moved beyond green or environmental issues to include social issues. But much of the focus still remains on attempts of large companies to reduce social harm along their supply chains rather than creating social good. At the same time, research investigating the role of NGOs in supply chains or humanitarian logistics often emphasizes temporary initiatives and overlooks long term viability. This conceptual paper seeks to expand the playing field by looking at how social enterprises manage their supply chains to generate social benefit while maintaining or improving their financial viability in the long term. Our contribution is to consider those socially motivated organizations that lie on the continuum between purely social and purely commercial enterprises. We consider how these organizations manage their supply chains for social impact and define this area as social impact supply chain management (SISCM). In this work, we view these organizations and managerial issues through the lens of institutional complexity, i.e. the presence of multiple and possibly conflicting institutional logics in the focal organization. We propose that for these organizations, supply chain strategy, stakeholder identification and engagement, and relationship management might differentiate SISCM from traditional supply chain management. And as a result, we offer future research directions that might add clarity to effective SISCM."

Details for our Emerging Discourse Incubator can be found here:

The Full Article can be found here: