Capabilities meet regulation: the compliance processes of Mexican food supply chains with United States biosecurity regulations

Borbon Galvez, Yari (2013) Capabilities meet regulation: the compliance processes of Mexican food supply chains with United States biosecurity regulations. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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This thesis explores how Mexican fresh produce supply chains have responded to US bio-security regulations designed to prevent the intentional and accidental contamination of imported food. It explores the compliance processes, which are theorised using a framework drawn from the Resource-Based View (RBV) and the Supply Chain Governance (SCG) literatures.

The constructs developed herein regarding capabilities and supply chain ‘governance structures’ complement previous Regulation Studies (RS) explaining compliance behaviour.

The thesis analysed 12 case studies, and tested causal conditions of compliance using a multi-value Qualitative Comparative Analysis (mvQCA) method. The main results show: 1) the pathways to meet the regulatory requirements; 2) the limited diversity of capabilities associated with higher levels of compliance; and 3) the importance of tight supply chain coordination to source and exchange knowledge for compliance, regardless of how or who governs the supply chain.

The thesis contributes to various academic debates. It removes the RVB assumptions that resources and capabilities are intrinsically valuable and complementary, and therefore contributes towards making the theory less tautological. It shows how SCG benefits when the effects of supply chain integration and coordination are examined independently. It differentiates between firms lacking willingness and firms lacking capabilities to comply, making it possible to define suitable regulatory strategies for each type of firm.

The thesis makes a methodological contribution as it is one of the first studies applying the mvQCA in Science, Technology and Innovations Studies (STIs). The new methodology is used here to test the causal conditions of compliance, but can also be applied to innovative performance more generally.

The thesis concludes by showing how US regulations were effective in achieving their regulatory aims without significant negative consequences, and suggesting that STI regulatory policies can be used to increase business engagement to prevent the intentional and accidental contamination of the food chain.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0241 Production. Theory of the firm. Supply-side economics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0601 Food and food supply in relation to public health
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP0368 Food processing and manufacture
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX0341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2013 10:48
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 12:40

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