Title: Social responsibility in purchasing: the case of Thailand

Authors: Mohammad Asif Salam

Addresses: Marketing and Supply Chain Management, School of Management, Assumption University, Box 640, ABAC, 24 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bangkok 10240, Thailand

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to understand the drivers of Purchasing Social Responsibility (PSR). This study replicated and empirically expanded the model developed by Carter and Jennings (2004), and therefore contributes towards the nomological validity of the PSR concept. The method used is derived from the previous study by Carter and Jennings (2004). The present study extends the application of that method to an Asian environment. The data was obtained from 197 respondents in Thailand. This sample was largely composed of purchasing and supply-chain managers. Respondents were asked to indicate how different dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) affect the PSR. This study justified the significance of PSR empirically. Its findings suggest that all six hypothesised paths have been substantiated. Individual values and people-oriented organisational culture are the most powerful predictors of PSR. This paper contributes towards filling the gap in understanding the determinants of PSR in managing supply chains, particularly in an Asian context.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; purchasing; supply chain management; SCM; Thailand; procurement management; individual values; organisational culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2007.015357

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2007 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.97 - 116

Published online: 10 Oct 2007 *

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