KCG Researchers Joined 2019 Academy of International Business Conference in Denmark
KCG Fellow Nils Christian Hoffmann presented his recent research work “Chain of Blame: How Eastern and Western Consumers Account for Supplier Hypocrisy in Global Supply Chains” at the 2019 Academy of International Business (AIB) Conference on June 24-27 in Copenhagen, Denmark and received valuable feedback and suggestions. The paper is a joint work with Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoffmann (Kiel University and KCG) and Prof. Juelin Yin Ph.D. (Sun Yat-Sen University and KCG). Juelin Yin joined the workshop as well.
Their paper expands the dyadic relationship between firms’ hypocritical behaviour and these firms’ reputation among consumers to a triadic relationship, integrating the hypocritical behaviour of suppliers in global supply chains. Introducing a chain of blame, this paper suggests that the hypocritical behaviour of the supplier backfires on the firm, leading to loss of reputation and increased boycotting tendencies. The authors conducted a cross-cultural study with 2 (hypocritical vs supplier of integrity) × 2 (Chinese vs German supplier) × 2 (Chinese vs German respondents) experimental surveys. The results obtained provide evidence that consumers hold the firm responsible for its supplier’s hypocritical behaviour. As a result, consumers lower the firm’s reputation ratings, and intend to engage in boycotting the firm.
The authors plan to intensify their related cooperation within the KCG project in the near future. A visit of Nils Christian Hoffmann and Stefan Hoffmann to Juelin Yin at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou (China) scheduled for October/November 2019 is expected to help further strengthen the mutual knowledge exchange and cooperation.
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