Information Transparency, Location, and Stakeholder Pressure on the Socially Responsible Partner Selection

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Rosana da Rosa Portella Tondolo orcid
Juliana Bonomi Santos orcid
Vilmar Antonio Gonçalves Tondolo orcid
Ely Paiva orcid


Objective: the purpose of this paper is to explore the effect of information transparency on the selection of a socially responsible partner, taking into account the role played by signal send by the location of the partner and stakeholder pressure. Theoretical approach: this study is based on the premise that information transparency is a central element in the buyer-supply relationship and can play a key role in the selection of a socially responsible partner. The location of a partner can also affect the feeling of transparency if the country where the partner is located is not recognized for its reputation. The stakeholder pressure for socially responsible practices can also affect the decision to choose a business partner. Methods: we employed a 2 x 2 full-factorial between-subjects, scenario-based role-playing experiment. In Study 1, we simulated a situation in which the buyer is asked about their likelihood of selecting a socially responsible supplier, while in Study 2 we simulated a situation in which the socially responsible supplier is asked about the likelihood of selling products to a buyer. Results: the results indicate that information transparency affects the decision to select socially responsible partners. Stakeholder pressure partially moderates this relationship, while location does not moderate this relationship in either study. Conclusion: we conclude that information transparency throughout the supply chain is a relevant factor in negotiations within a socially responsible context. Information transparency is a key aspect for both the buyer and the supplier when selecting a socially responsible partner.


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Tondolo, R. da R. P., Santos, J. B., Tondolo, V. A. G., & Paiva, E. (2022). Information Transparency, Location, and Stakeholder Pressure on the Socially Responsible Partner Selection. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 27(2), e210290.
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