This study aims to explore how the flow of moral responsibility in supply chains can be understood through an analysis of material, monetary and information flows.
Social responsibility, foliated networks and morality are used to present a conceptual framework that suggests responsibility links in supply chains.
By understanding the flows of material, money and information, it is possible to see how different types (liable and political) of responsibility can be identified. Conventional supply chain flows are thus connected with moral responsibility.
Responsibility issues in supply chain management need to include supply chain links created by monetary and information flows, as well as material flows.
Supply chain actors need to consider responsibility across their entire supply chain, which includes material, monetary and information flows.
Foliated transportation networks, moral disengagement and different types of responsibility are combined in a novel way to facilitate a better understanding of responsibility in supply chains.
Eriksson, D. and Hilletofth, P. (2017), "Foliated networks to analyze moral responsibility: a conceptual model", European Business Review, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 360-371. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-01-2016-0022
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