Reinvigorating the Study of Opportunism in Supply Chain Management

Forthcoming in Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2020

15 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2019 Last revised: 9 Apr 2021

Date Written: November 6, 2019

Abstract

Opportunism is a core issue in supply chain management. However, assumption-omitted testing and a focus on general opportunism as opposed to specific forms of opportunism have stubbornly limited our understanding of this construct. Grounded in a review of empirical studies of opportunism, we identify empirical challenges that perpetuate conceptual limitations in the study of opportunism in supply chains. Hence, we provide suggestions about research designs and data sources that support an agenda that steers research to refine and develop the theory about opportunism. Our call for a reinvigoration of the study of opportunism supports rigor – by discussing research design and data sources – and relevance – by identifying topics for future supply chain research.

Suggested Citation

Lumineau, Fabrice and Oliveira, Nuno, Reinvigorating the Study of Opportunism in Supply Chain Management (November 6, 2019). Forthcoming in Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3481872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3481872

Fabrice Lumineau (Contact Author)

University of Hong Kong ( email )

HKU Business School
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Nuno Oliveira

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

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