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|Title: ||Moral (de)coupling: moral disengagement and supply chain management|
|Authors: ||Eriksson, David|
|Department: ||University of Borås. Swedish School of Textiles|
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Series/Report no.: ||Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås;52|
|Publisher: ||University of Borås; The Swedish School of Textiles|
|Media type: ||text|
|Publication type: ||doctoral thesis|
Corporate Social Responsibility
moral decoupling point
supply chain management
Triple bottom line
|Subject Category: ||Subject categories::Engineering and Technology::Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics::Other Mechanical Engineering|
|Research Group: ||Logistik|
|Area of Research: ||Textil och mode (generell)|
|Strategic Research Area: ||Textiles and fashion|
|Abstract: ||This research aims to fill an important gap in focusing on why individuals are able to
take part in and/or support activities that have effects on economic, environmental, and social dimensions that are not consistent with their sense of right and wrong.
The research focuses on the relationship between supply chain management and moral disengagement, and how this relation affects social responsibility.
After observing individuals avoiding responsibility for misconduct an explanatory
concept, moral decoupling, was proposed. Moral decoupling considers moral responsibility a flow in the supply chain. Moral decoupling occurs when the flow is
restricted. If moral decoupling occurs at an identifiable point it is called a moral
decoupling point. The concept was developed by identifying and linking specific supply
chain activities and structures with moral disengagement, a theory that explains
the deactivation of self regulation.
Moral decoupling was able to suggest how to reduce moral disengagement and improve social responsibility. To validate the suggestions a literature review on
social responsibility was conducted and identified sixteen elements of social responsibility in supply chain management. The suggestions based on moral disengagement
were compared with elements of social responsibility and a large overlap was
found. Lastly, suggestions on how to reduce moral disengagement and map moral
responsibility in a supply network are proposed, links between elements of social responsibility are presented, and moral coupling is added as a complementary term to
moral decoupling. A model explaining the relationship between ethical guidelines,
moral responsibility, moral decoupling, and social responsibility is proposed.
In relation to current theoretical knowledge the thesis has contributed to the field of socially responsible supply chain management with an application of a new theoretical lens that gives one explanation as to why identifed elements of social responsibility are important. The understanding of social responsibility has reached an increased explanatory depth following the identification of moral disengagement
as a generative mechanism, subject to conditions in supply chain management. The
research has also applied moral disengagement in a context not identified in earlier research, and shows some of the complexity of applying it to a real-world global context. The elements of social responsibility and moral (de)coupling help practitioners identify what they should focus on to increase social responsibility and also offer an explanation for `why?'. The findings can be used to construct supply chains that are less prone to misconduct and to identify where in the chain it is important to be aware of immoral behavior.
The value and originality of this research is centered on the application of a
new theoretical lens for socially responsible supply chain management. It is the only identified research in the area which identifies mechanisms on a generative
level that explains human behavior and conditions to which those mechanisms are
subject. This is also in itself a novel application of moral disengagement in a new
|Description: ||Doctoral thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Textile Management at the University of Borås to be publicly defended on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.,in room M404, University of Bor as, Allégatan 1, Borås|
|Sustainable development: ||sustainable development|
|Appears in Collections:||Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås|
Doktorsavhandlingar / Doctoral thesis (THS)
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