Australia's halal meat supply chain (AHMSC) operations: supply chain structure, influencing factors and issues

Zulfakar, M 2015, Australia's halal meat supply chain (AHMSC) operations: supply chain structure, influencing factors and issues, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University.

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Title Australia's halal meat supply chain (AHMSC) operations: supply chain structure, influencing factors and issues
Author(s) Zulfakar, M
Year 2015
Abstract Australia has the reputation as the world’s top exporter and producer of high quality and safe red meat. Australia also has been producing halal meat since the 1960s and has been the preferred source of halal meat from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries. Despite that status, little study have been undertaken to examine the halal meat supply chain operations in Australia, a predominantly non-Muslim countries.

This study aims to understand and provide insights to the Australian halal meat supply chain (AHMSC) operations. It explored and examined factors and issues that influence the current operations of halal meat supply chain in Australia. Using a single-case study approach, this study interviews thirty-one participants from various stakeholders. Additionally, some on-site observations and relevant documents were reviewed.

Two different yet interrelated supply chain structure exist in AHMSC operations - the domestic and export market of the Australian halal meat. The export market supply chain is heavily regulated by the federal government with the assistance from the accredited halal certifiers. The opposite prevailed in the domestic market supply chain. There is no legal provision pertaining to domestic halal meat operations and the supply chain is loosely structured. Stakeholders have to rely more on their trust and supplier selection to ensure the meat that they procure in the domestic market is truly halal.

The ten factors that the stakeholders believed have influence the current AHMSC operations: halal program, halal understanding, halal governance, segregation, halal certification, people, trust between the stakeholders, supplier selection, religious and social responsibilities, and consumer awareness and obligation, have been found to have different impact in both domestic and export supply chain. Two factors, segregation of halal meat and people, have been identified as the most common factors among the stakeholder groups. Additionally, institutional pressure, especially that come through coercive forces, surrounding the AHMSC operations do affect and shape the way the stakeholders act within the supply chain particularly in their role in ensuring the protection of halal status, or halal integrity of the meat.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Business IT and Logistics
Keyword(s) halal meat supply chain
halal supply chain
stakeholder theory
institutional theory
halal critical control points
supply chain management
supply chain structure
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