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Contract design and supply chain management in the luxury jewellery industry

Alessandro Brun (Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico Di Milano, Milan, Italy)
Antonella Moretto (Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico Di Milano, Milan, Italy)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 15 June 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the role of contract design in overcoming critical demand management (DM) issues in the luxury jewellery industry. The goals are the identification of the main critical issues of the DM process and the analysis of the contribution of contract re‐design to solve them.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper follows an exploratory approach using a case‐based methodology. Data are collected through a sample composed of four brand‐owning companies and 37 multi‐brand retailers in the luxury jewellery industry.

Findings

The paper offers insights into contract design in the luxury jewellery industry. In particular, the critical issues of the DM process determined by inadequate contract design are identified, thus highlighting their influence on the critical success factors of luxury companies. In addition to the characteristics the contract should have to overcome the critical issues have been proposed.

Research limitations/implications

The research provides initial insights into the important role of contract management in jewellery luxury companies. To date, the analysis is predominantly qualitative and not sufficiently statistically significant to generalise the results.

Practical implications

This paper raises a number of important issues for jewellery brand owners who are reluctant to consider the retailer's perspective in a collaborative way during the DM process.

Originality/value

This paper is one of the first attempts to study contract design specifically applied to jewellery luxury companies, with a main focus on the DM process.

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Citation

Brun, A. and Moretto, A. (2012), "Contract design and supply chain management in the luxury jewellery industry", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 40 No. 8, pp. 607-628. https://doi.org/10.1108/09590551211245416

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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