Beyond the management-employee dyad: supply chain initiatives in shipping

  • Tang L
  • Bhattacharya S
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This article examines supply chain health and safety initiatives in the oil shipping industry. In particular, it explores the triangular relationships between ship cargo clients, shipping company management and seafarers and reveals the inherent complexities and tensions involved. It shows that while managers capitalise on the supply chain pressure to squeeze more effort out of seafarers, seafarers tend to adhere to the corporate line colluding with managers to hide defects and falsify records. Nevertheless, seafarers occasionally use the supply chain leverage to their advantage by tactically exposing ship defects during ship inspections.




Tang, L., & Bhattacharya, S. (2018). Beyond the management-employee dyad: supply chain initiatives in shipping. Industrial Relations Journal, 49(3), 196–210.

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