Supply chain in the C-suite: the effect of chief supply chain officers on incidence of product recalls

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This study aims to investigate the extent to which the presence of chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) in top management teams (TMTs) helps firms to reduce the incidence of product recalls.


The authors identified all recalls for the period 2010-2017 issued by publicly held firms regulated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. These data were subsequently combined with information on TMT composition from BoardEx and financial performance data from Compustat to create a unique data set.


The study identified a significant and negative association between CSCO presence and incidence of product recalls. The evidence also supports the conjecture that this association is stronger in larger firms, indicating that CSCOs are especially effective when operating within more complex supply chains.

Practical implications

The findings provide important insights into quality management in contemporary supply chains and indicate that assigning specific responsibility for supply chain management to a TMT member improves product reliability.


These findings contribute to the growing literature on the underlying causes of a product recall by identifying corporate governance antecedents of external quality failures of this kind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-513
Number of pages19
JournalSupply Chain Management-an International Journal
Issue number4
Early online date1 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2021


  • Quality management
  • Senior management
  • SCM competency
  • SCM performance
  • Product recall
  • Chief supply chain officer (CSCO)
  • Supply chain quality management
  • Econometric modelling

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