Small and medium suppliers in developing nations are often made scapegoats in relation to maintaining appropriate working conditions. Limited research has been conducted, however, to shed lights on the internal perspectives of suppliers in developing nations. The extant research, nevertheless, relies on stereotypes and lacks theoretical rigor. Qualitative interviews were conducted with owner-managers, workers and various other relevant actors in Tirupur, the knitwear capital of India. An integrated theoretical framework composed using various constructs of institutional theory and organisational sensemaking guided the data analysis. The empirical findings revealed that small and medium suppliers in developing nations are not passive. They interpret the institutional influences and respond to them in different ways at different points in time where passive conformance is just one possible response. Contributing to critical CSR, the development agenda is thus informed in new ways.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||Twenty-Ninth European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium - Montreal, Canada|
Duration: 1 Jul 2013 → …
|Conference||Twenty-Ninth European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium|
|Period||1/07/13 → …|