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Turning Point: Getting their Wings: Angel Agents Live On: Supplier Stewards in Sustainable Enterprise

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This Turning Point highlights stewardship theory as an underused but highly applicable behavioural organizational theory to explain and enhance sustainable supply chain management practices. By partly rejecting well-accepted agency forms of governance mechanisms, the recommendation to investigate stewardship theory as a way to explain our observations in sustainable operations is encouraged. Future research demonstrating and supporting the use of angel agents will be both provocative and engaging by evidencing the removal of the control mechanisms many see as a necessity in principal-agent relationships. For academics and practitioners, adapting theory for modern contexts such as sustainable development, is an important requirement to tackle new challenges. Identifying examples of stewardship theory in buyer-supplier exchanges, which are typically emblematic of a principal-agent approach, is under-researched but conspicuous enough to be the subject of empirical and theoretical studies.
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Keywords: Agency theory; Buyer; Stewardship theory; Supplier; Sustainable supply chains

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2017

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