Emily Dickey

PhD Candidate

Emily Dickey

PhD Candidate

Emily C. Dickey joined the KLU as a PhD candidate in September 2020 under the primary and secondary supervision of Prof. Dr. Prisca Brosi and Prof. Dr. Jan C. Fransoo, respectively. Her dissertation research lies at the crossroads of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) research and Organizational Psychology research, specifically focusing on the role of managerial emotions in OSCM contexts. With a focus on behavioral experiments, she is particularly concerned with the effect managers' emotions have on social sustainability decisions, like worker safety, decent working hours in operations, and supplier selection processes in global supply chains.

Emily graduated with a BSc from the University of Tennessee in the United States in 2018, where she studied Supply Chain Management and first began her academic research in sustainable and ethical supply chain practices.

Before joining KLU as a PhD candidate, Emily completed a double MSc degree in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from both the University of Tennessee and the KLU. She completed her studies with a Master thesis analyzing supply chain transparency initiatives and their impact on consumer perceptions of labor conditions in garment supply chains. In line with this topic, she additionally continues research on ethical and sustainable supply chain management, particularly focused on supply chain transparency and integrity.





Since 2020      PhD candidate at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2020 Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, Tri-Continent Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
2020 Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2018 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Professional Experience

2020       Fleet Management Intern, Kimberly-Clark, Knoxville, TN, USA
2019  Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
2017 - 2018 Organizational Analytics Intern, TopSpot Internet Marketing Solutions, Houston, TX, USA


Abstract: Integrity is considered an important corporate value. Yet recent global events have highlighted the challenges firms face at living up to their stated values, especially when extended supply chain partners are involved. The concept of Supply Chain Integrity (SCI) can help firms shift focus beyond internal corporate integrity, toward supply chain integrity. Researchers and managers will benefit from an understanding of the SCI concept toward implementing SCI to better align supply chain partners with stated corporate values. This research fully develops and empirically grounds the firm-level, inter-firm-oriented SCI concept. The thematic analysis of six firms’ archival and website content elaborated empirical descriptions of SCI themes and enabled the development of a process model for SCI, presenting a novel view of the underlying process by which firms can assess, develop, and maintain SCI across their supply chains. We propose the SCI model as an evolutionary process to improve a firm’s supply chain sustainability, rather than a dichotomous end state where firms either “have” integrity or they don’t. The SCI model could be used as a tool to help leaders create necessary change to better align values and supporting statements with culture, while influencing and affecting stakeholders across the supply chain. This is particularly important in today’s world, where business leaders must consider all stakeholders and address important stakeholder-driven issues such as supply chain sustainability, resilience, and security, which are now at the forefront in the ever-changing environment.

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