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Supply-chain research opportunities with the poor as suppliers or distributors in developing countries

Sodhi, M. and Tang, C.S. (2013). Supply-chain research opportunities with the poor as suppliers or distributors in developing countries. Production and Operations Management, 23(9), pp. 1483-1494. doi: 10.1111/poms.12161

Abstract

Many social enterprises and some companies have developed supply chains with the poor as suppliers or distributors to alleviate poverty and to create revenues for themselves. Such supply chains have created new research opportunities because they raise issues fundamentally different from those examined in the existing operations management literature. We report this phenomenon of supply chains with the poor as suppliers or distributors in developing countries and identify operations management (OM) research opportunities. We also provide some stylized models to serve as potential seeds for modeling-based research in this area.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Sodhi, MS & Tang, CS (2013). Supply-chain research opportunities with the poor as suppliers or distributors in developing countries. Production and Operations Management, 23(9), pp. 1483-1494, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/poms.12161/abstract. Authors are not required to remove preprints posted prior to acceptance of the submitted version.
Publisher Keywords: Socially responsible operations; value creation; micro-entrepreneurs; social enterprise; social business; supply chain management; supply chain surplus.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/8675
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