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Record number 553992
Title Enforcement mechanisms and governance structures to protect a region of origin lamb product
Author(s) Merwe, Melissa van der; Kirsten, Johann F.; Trienekens, Jacques H.
Source Supply Chain Management : an International Journal 24 (2019)5. - ISSN 1359-8546 - p. 561 - 573.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-01-2019-0026
Department(s) WASS
Business Management & Organization
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Conjoint analysis - Conjoint experiment - Enforcement mechanisms - Governance - Governance structures - Karoo Lamb - Meat industry - Monitoring - South Africa - Supplier relationships - Supply chain disruptions - Transactional model
Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to make an empirical contribution by investigating the enforcement mechanisms and governance structures required to protect and govern a regional food product when public certification fails. As one of the recent additions to South Africa’s repertoire of products with a designated origin, Karoo Lamb made for an interesting case study. Design/methodology/approach: A conjoint analysis was conducted to elicit the farmers’ preferred enforcement mechanisms to protect the authenticity of the Karoo Lamb product. The investigation, furthermore, draws on survey data collected among 73 farmers, five abattoirs, two processors/packers and five retail outlets to evaluate the governance structures of the Karoo Lamb supply chain. Findings: The results indicate that due to failed public certification that is governed by market-like structures, Karoo Lamb is better off being governed by hierarchical structures. These structures are expected to allow for a stronger focus on stricter enforcement mechanisms. Practical implications: At the farm level, the Karoo Lamb supply chain requires better enforcement mechanisms to protect the unique attributes of origin and taste to ensure the authenticity of Karoo Lamb. This change towards stricter enforcement requires more hierarchical structures to allow for private or mutual enforcement mechanisms. Originality/value: This paper contributes empirically to the governance structure knowledge base by analysing the enforcement mechanisms and governance structures needed to enforce and protect, the quality and origin standards of a region of origin product, Karoo Lamb, in South Africa.

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