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The impact of asymmetric supply chain relationships on sustainable product development in the fashion and textiles industry

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posted on 2022-09-02, 10:12 authored by Cagri TalayCagri Talay, Lynn Oxborrow, Helen Goworek

This research investigates the impact of asymmetric supply chain relationships on sustainable product development in fashion and textiles supply chains in the UK. A qualitative, exploratory, case methodology is adopted by focusing on the experiences of 10 fashion suppliers and two high-street fashion retailers. The research found evidence of both uniform and co-existing asymmetrical relationships between buyers and suppliers and that these exerted a differential impact on sustainable product development and the balance of commercial motivation and sustainability orientation of retailers and suppliers. This research contributes to theory by linking the concepts of asymmetric relationships and sustainable product development processes. Although limited to one country and sector, the findings are of relevance to fashion and textiles suppliers, retailers and researchers, by raising awareness that balancing their relationships and exchanging information more effectively can support implementation of sustainability policies and practice and enhance sustainable business performance.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Business Research

Volume

152

Issue

2022

Pages

326 - 335

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Business Research and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.07.034

Acceptance date

2022-07-13

Publication date

2022-08-05

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0148-2963

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Cagri Talay. Deposit date: 1 September 2022

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