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Social Sustainability in Workplace: An Investigation of the Buyer-Supplier Relationship through Power and Psychologically Defensive Workplace Behavior

Authors
  • Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana (University of Missouri)
  • Jung E. Ha-Brookshire (University of Missouri-Columbia)

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the power of buyers and subsequent workplace behavior of suppliers in the global textile and apparel (T&A) supply chain. Two power bases, reward (RP) and coercive (CP), were investigated. Three major types of psychologically defensive workplace behavior (PDWB) i.e. perfectionistic (PF), arrogant-vindictive (AV), and narcissistic (NP) behavior were also discussed. An online survey was used to collect the data from the T&A companies in Bangladesh. The results showed that the perceived buyers’ RP and CP are associated with the respondents’ PF. The perceived buyers’ RP and CP are associated with the respondents’ AV. The perceived buyers’ RP is associated with the respondents’ NP, however, CP from the buyer is not associated with the respondents’ NP. The findings of this study shed lights into corporate social responsibility issues beyond the usual measurement of the codes of conduct and compliance issues.

Keywords: workplace behavior, buyer-supplier, social sustainability

How to Cite:

Rana, M. & Ha-Brookshire, J. E., (2020) “Social Sustainability in Workplace: An Investigation of the Buyer-Supplier Relationship through Power and Psychologically Defensive Workplace Behavior”, Sustainability in Fashion 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/susfashion.11424

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Published on
30 Jun 2020
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