Title: Supply chain alliances and social dilemmas: bridging the barriers that impede collaboration

Authors: Stanley E. Fawcett, Gregory M. Magnan, Matthew W. McCarter

Addresses: Marriott School, Brigham Young University, 668 Tanner Building, Provo, UT 84602, USA. ' Albers School of Management, Seattle University, 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, USA. ' College of Business, University of Illinois, 350A Wohlers Hall, 1206 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

Abstract: Strategic Supply Chain Management (SCM) creates and maintains collective gains through appropriate alliance relationships, which often require initial investments in an uncertain environment. The development of such relationships may be hindered because, as a form of strategic alliance, Supply Chain (SC) alliances are social dilemmas. This paper uses the social dilemma perspective and data gathered from mail survey and case study methodologies to report how strategic SC relationships navigate social dilemmas to collaboratively create and maintain collective gains.

Keywords: strategic supply chains; social dilemmas; collaboration; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain alliances.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2008.017528

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2008 Vol.1 No.3, pp.318 - 341

Published online: 13 Mar 2008 *

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