Journal article

Responsible Sourcing under Asymmetric Information: Price Signaling versus Supplier Disclosure

Lusheng Shao, Jennifer K Ryan, Daewon Sun

Decision Sciences | Wiley | Published : 2020


Given the growth in socially conscious consumption, firms are increasingly concerned with sourcing from responsible suppliers. However, a firm’s sourcing decisions are not always apparent to consumers. Therefore, we investigate two mechanisms, signaling and disclosure, which a firm can use to communicate its sourcing decisions to consumers in a setting where only some consumers care about the firm’s sourcing practices. We develop a supplier selection model with an embedded game in which the firm signals its supplier choice through price. Then, motivated by the observation that some firms have begun to disclose their supplier information, we consider a model in which the firm may voluntarily ..

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