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Foliated networks to analyze moral responsibility: a conceptual model

David Eriksson (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden)
Per Hilletofth (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

Social responsibility, foliated networks and morality are used to present a conceptual framework that suggests responsibility links in supply chains.

Findings

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.

Research limitations/implications

Responsibility issues in supply chain management need to include supply chain links created by monetary and information flows, as well as material flows.

Practical implications

Supply chain actors need to consider responsibility across their entire supply chain, which includes material, monetary and information flows.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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