Social responsibility and supply chain relationships

Craig R. Carter, Marianne M. Jennings

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We use the term purchasing social responsibility (PSR) to describe the involvement of purchasing managers in socially responsible activities. The purpose of the research is to examine the potential impact that PSR might have on supply chain relationships. Our findings suggest that PSR has a direct and positive impact on supplier performance, as well as an indirect, mediated effect through improved trust and cooperation. These findings hold important implications not only for purchasing managers but also logistics managers in the areas of customer service, distribution, and business-to-business marketing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Purchasing
  • Social responsibility
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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