Positivist agency theory and sourcing decisions: Perceptions, pressures, and contexts

Sajad Fayezi, Ambika Zutshi, Andrew O'Loughlin

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This paper aims to advance our understanding of sourcing decisions of Australian textile retailers using positivist agency theory (PAT). In this regard, we draw on opportunistic agility seeking behaviour of organisations to address the following research questions: What factors influence sourcing decisions in the Australian textile retail sector? And; How these factors explain the retailer’s decision of working with global or local suppliers? Building on Cunningham (2014) we consider opportunistic agility as pursuit of agility based on internal interests (stemming from bounded rationality and self-interest) rather than supply chain orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Operations Management Association - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


ConferenceEuropean Operations Management Association
Abbreviated titleEurOMA
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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