Supply chain food crime: can behaviours of supply chain actors affect food integrity?

Liam Fassam, Samir Dani

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Abstract

Purpose: There is a growing awareness by holistic supply chains to comprehend the challenges pertaining to food fraud and crime. In order to achieve a cross-functional understanding of the topics connected to supply chain food criminality academia and industry need to understand the landscape of research against common perceptions, in order to build robust frameworks that can work toward mitigating risk and building supply chain resilience. Further, the research will review how these topics pertaining to food crime and fraud are related to the softer side of human behaviour within supply chains and the potential effect this has on overall resililence.

Research Approach: This research utilises a qualitative and quantitative methodology to explore the challenges faced by cross functional business operations in combating food crime and fraud. The methodology leverages a triangulation approach that provides a robust literature review pertaining to the research area, which is further correlated against interviews undertaken with industry professionals to provide an analysis of gaps within the current food supply chain thinking, working toward building a theoretical framework for risk and resilience with food fraud and supply chain criminality.

Findings and Originality: We expect that the research will deliver valuable insight into the challenges faced by holistic supply chains, identifying areas of focus that academia and commercial operations can collaborate on to build greater resilience into food supply chain operations.

Research Impact: This research presents food supply chain criminality and fraud from the aspect of the holistic chain, in particular reviewing cross thematic areas between supply chain actors and will provide a platform of identification for future research in the field of UK supply chain risk and resilience.

Practical Impact: This research has an important implication across food supply chains, due to their [supply chain] need to support not only the current state but support the continual development and growing need for food in the UK, which is reliant on importation of food stuffs and therefore intrinsically entwined with the supply chain. Therefore, this research has identified thematic areas for academia and commercial operations to develop research and understanding to support future research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016
EventThe 21st LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2016 - Cambridge Veterinary School, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
https://ciltuk.org.uk/About-Us/Professional-Sectors-Forums/Forums/Logistics-Research-Network/LRN-2016 (The 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners. The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.)

Conference

ConferenceThe 21st LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period7/09/169/09/16
OtherThe 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners.

The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.
Internet address
  • https://ciltuk.org.uk/About-Us/Professional-Sectors-Forums/Forums/Logistics-Research-Network/LRN-2016 (The 2016 Conference theme focused on work involving ethical issues in relation to supply chain management and logistics operations. The Conference demonstrated the current, promising research work within the theme in terms of its trends, challenges, and opportunities, so as to discover and explore new research directions for the research community and the practitioners. The Seed Corn research fund, assisted in this research quest, by supporting small scale research projects in universities. The research fund is set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.)

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