Quantifying the benefits of enhancing social conditions within supply chains

Prof. Hartmann's empirical studies shed light on the challenges of global sourcing.

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About this research project

Prof. Julia Hartmann’s work revolves around the identification and quantification of potential benefits that firms can derive from their endeavors to enhance environmental and social conditions within their supply chains. Through extensive empirical studies, she strives to bring clarity to the expectations of stakeholders, demonstrating to firms that taking proactive action aligns harmoniously with the interests of relevant stakeholders. 


The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in 2013 drew worldwide attention to working conditions in the textile industry. Prof. Hartmann analyzed the tragedy’s impact on sustainable supply chain management practices within the fashion and apparel industry (Hartmann, 2021). Her work covers the expectations of consumers regarding firms’ responsibilities to ensure human rights and environmental protection in their global value chains (Wolf, 2012; Hartmann and Moeller, 2014; Benoit, Hartmann et al., 2022), as well as the influence of less developed economies or non-democratic regimes on environmental management (Hartmann and Germain, 2015; Hartmann, Germain et al., 2015; Hartmann and Uhlenbruck, 2015; Hartmann, Inkpen et al., 2022). Additionally, Prof. Hartmann’s research has shown that responsible sourcing reduces adverse impacts (Eggert and Hartmann, 2021) and improves the firms' performance and resilience to disruption (Hartmann and Germain, 2015; Hartmann and Vachon, 2018; Eggert and Hartmann, 2022).  


Prof. Hartmann was invited to the German Bundestag to share her insights on the intricate relationship between global transportation and the pressing climate crisis. Her voice was amplified through radio, print, and digital media covering human rights and environmental protection issues. As a guest at practitioner conferences, she shared her findings to catalyze industry-wide transformation.



  • Benoit, S., et al. (2022). "The Differential Effects of CSR and CSI on Consumer Willingness to Pay: Implications for Service Providers and Retailers." SMR Journal of Service Management Research 6(2/2022): 82-100. 
  • Eggert, J. and J. Hartmann (2021). "Purchasing's contribution to supply chain emission reduction." Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management 27(2): 100685.
  • Eggert, J. and J. Hartmann (2022). "Sustainable supply chain management – a key to resilience in the global pandemic." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal 28(3): 486 – 507.
  • Hartmann, J. (2021). "Toward a more complete theory of sustainable supply chain management: the role of media attention." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal 26(4): 532-547.
  • Hartmann, J. and R. Germain (2015). "Understanding the relationships of integration capabilities, ecological product design, and manufacturing performance." Journal of Cleaner Production 92: 196-205.
  • Hartmann, J., et al. (2015). "Antecedents of environmentally conscious operations in transitioning economies." International Journal of Operations & Production Management 35(6): 843-865.
  • Hartmann, J., et al. (2022). "An FsQCA Exploration of Multiple Paths to Ecological Innovation Adoption in European Transportation  " Journal of World Business 57(5).
  • Hartmann, J. and S. Moeller (2014). "Chain liability in multitier supply chains? Responsibility attributions for unsustainable supplier behavior." Journal of Operations Management 32(5): 281-294.
  • Hartmann, J. and K. Uhlenbruck (2015). "National institutional antecedents to corporate environmental performance." Journal of World Business 50(4): 729-741.
  • Hartmann, J. and S. Vachon (2018). "Linking Environmental Management to Environmental Performance: The Interactive Role of Industry Context." Business Strategy & the Environment 27(3): 359-374.
  • Wolf, J. (2012). "Improving the Sustainable Development of Firms: The Role of Employees." Business Strategy and the Environment 22(2): 92-108.


Julia Hartmann

Professor for Sustainability Management

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