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FAIR TRADE – CONTRADICTING OR COMPLEMENTING SE? A critical research on RISE's Fair Trade activities within a social entrepreneurial framework, Gottlieb, Mikkel , Department Psychology and Eduction, 06/2014, Volume Social Entrepreneurship and Management, Roskilde, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Small-scale versus large-scale cocoa farming in Cameroon. Which farm type is more ready for the future?, Fule, Chi Bemieh , Department of Economics, 06/2013, Volume European Erasmus Mundus Master Program: Agricultural Food and Environmental, Uppsala, p.54, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Quality of Vietnamese cocoa liquor and butter, Phuc, Cat-Hanh Nguyen , Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - University of Gent (Belgium), 2013, Volume Msc., Gent, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Sustainable cocoa - a matter of taste?, Laven, Anna, and van der Kooij Susanne , Origin Chocolate Event, 10/2013, Royal Tropical Institute , (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Good chocolate? An examination of ethical consumption in cocoa, Berlan, Amanda , Ethical Consumption: Social Value and Economic Practice, 2012///, (2012) , (Academic Publication)
Upgrading primary production: a global commodity chain approach, Gibbon, Peter , World Development, 2001///, Volume 29, Issue 2, p.345 - 363, (2001) , (Academic Publication)
Upgrading primary production: a global commodity chain approach, Gibbon, Peter , World Development, 2001///, Volume 29, Issue 2, p.345 - 363, (2001) , (Academic Publication)
Quality standards, conventions and the governance of global value chains, Ponte, Stefano, and Gibbon Peter , Economy and society, 2005///, Volume 34, Issue 1, p.1 - 31, (2005) , (Academic Publication)

Transformational supply chains and the 'wicked problem' of sustainability: aligning knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership

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TitleTransformational supply chains and the 'wicked problem' of sustainability: aligning knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsH. Peterson, Christopher
JournalJournal on Chain and Network Science
Volume9
Issue2
End Page71 - 82
Date Published2009///
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsconsumers, innovation, learning alliances, multinationals, private sector policies, sustainable chains, sustainable consumption, value chain management, value chains
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Supply chains are increasing asked by consumers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to deliver so-called credence attributes. Organic or locally-grown are both examples of credence attributes. Sustainability is an interesting emerging case. A business decision-maker’s immediate inclination is to think of it as just another credence attribute. But such thinking belies the highly complex nature of sustainability. As will be argued, sustainability is an example of what is called a “wicked problem”. However messy something like sustainability may be as a wicked problem, it seems highly desired by certain consumers today, and it has recently crept into product advertising campaigns. This paper explores wicked problems and suggests how supply chains/networks might manage them. A framework for managing wicked problems is developed using the concepts of knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It draws from information management theory, supply chain management, and institutional economics. Once the framework is laid out and justified, it will be applied to the wicked problem of sustainability, including several emerging empirical structures being used to manage it.

URLhttp://www.adsa.org/archive/discover/19thDiscover/Sustainability_WickProblems_Peterson2.pdf