Skip to main content
Value Chain Responsibility: A Farewell to Arm's Length.
Business & Society Review (2005)
  • R. Phillips
  • Craig B. Caldwell, Butler University
This article discusses the evolving conception of responsibility within value chains from the perspective of stakeholder research. The recent managerial challenges to claims of arm's length transaction are examined following a brief discussion of stakeholder theory and a review of the related literature on supply chain ethics. Increased globalization of business is another factor that has raised attention to value chain responsibility. The ethical challenges for commodity value chains are magnified for purveyors of highly branded products. In addition to cases involving fraudulent claims, activists and attorneys are increasingly using lawsuits to hold firms responsible for acts committed in foreign countries.
Note: Link is to the article in a subscription database available to users affiliated with Butler University. Appropriate login information will be required for access. Users not affiliated with Butler University should contact their local librarian for assistance in locating a copy of this article.
Publication Date
Citation Information
R. Phillips and Craig B. Caldwell. "Value Chain Responsibility: A Farewell to Arm's Length." Business & Society Review Vol. 110 Iss. 4 (2005)
Available at: