Agency Theory and Supply Chain Management: A Literature Review

  • Emanuela Delbufalo
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The chapter is dedicated to the literature review on agency theory in supply chain management contexts. After an overview on the original formulation of agency theory and a brief description of the most recent development, the review presents the state of the art of theoretical and empirical research on the topic and discusses the areas in which agency theory has been more usefully adopted. The study also shows the explanatory power of the theory for understanding the role of opportunism in supply chain relationships.


Agency theory Opportunism Review Supply chain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human ScienceEuropean University of RomeRomeItaly

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