Multiple papers from HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab accepted at Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2019

Multiple papers from HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab accepted at Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2019



We are pleased to inform you that multiple papers from HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab, authored by the lab’s scholars: Professor Jens Roehrich, Professor Brian Squire, Dr Mehrnoush Sarafan, and Dr Jas Kalra have been accepted for oral presentations at the prestigious Academy of Management Conference, which would take place from 9-13 August in Boston, Massachusetts, USA:


Theme: Contractual governance of inter-organisational relationships

1.      Title: Orchestrating inter-organisational networks to deliver megaprojects

This paper takes a processual view of how inter-organisational networks are set up to deliver megaprojects. Prior studies, drawing on economic sociology and industrial networks literature, have mostly taken an ‘emergent’ view of network development. Increasingly, however, organisations are recognising the role of a central, focal firm, ‘the network orchestrator’, in intentionally engineering the development of the network, directing the ties between network members, and coordinating network activities. Our study unpacks the key activities undertaken by the network orchestrator in setting-up inter-organisational networks. Notably, we examine how the process of setting up and governing inter-organisational networks is shaped by vertical, horizontal, and task complexity. By linking different types of complexities to various aspects of the network orchestration process, our study provides guidance for managing network relationships.


2.      Title: Processing Information through Contracts in Inter-organizational Relationships

Highlighting the difficulty and importance of information processing in inter-organisational relationships, this study considers an under-investigated area of research by studying the function of boundary objects in information processing. Prior contracting studies have yet to unpack the contract and its use in addressing information asymmetries in inter-organisational relationships. We examine the relationships between the digital innovation centre of a large multinational pharmaceutical company and three different public healthcare organisations. The study unpacks the contract to unveil the sub-boundary objects nested within, namely timelines, process, meetings and conferences, and their impact on information asymmetries. This research contributes to contracting and information processing studies in the context of inter-organisational relationships. The results draw out principal sub-boundary objects in the contract and their impact on information asymmetries.


Theme: Behavioural supply chain risk management



1. The Effect of a Supplier’s Recovery Actions on Buyers’ Responses During a Supply Chain Disruption

2. The Effect of Individual-Level Cultural Values on Responses to Supply Chain Disruption


The two papers take a behavioural view to understand how managers assess supply chain risks and take actions in the face of supply chain disruption (e.g. supplier failure). Traditionally, supply chain researchers and practitioners have assumed that when confronted with risks, managers make decisions using an economic utility model, to best serve the long-term objectives of the firm. However, supply chain managers who make such decisions are human beings and their decisions regarding risks are systematically biased. To improve the predictability and efficacy of such costly decisions, understanding the underlying mechanism of these biases is essential. Therefore, the two studies draw from the advances of research in social psychology and behavioural economics to understand the psychological and cultural mechanisms by which managers make decisions and respond to supply chain disruptions.

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