Exploring the integration of sustainability and supply chain management : current state and opportunities for future inquiry
International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 1 (43): 18-38 (2013)
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to provide a snapshot of the existing research and suggest potential opportunities for academic inquiry related to the concept of sustainable supply chain management. Design/methodology/approach: The researchers review the extant literature at the intersection of "sustainability" and "supply chain management". This literature is subsequently categorized with the aid of a classification matrix derived from the literature in order to review the current state of thought development across three distinct disciplines (logistics/supply chain management, operations/production management and social/environmental management). The analysis suggests future research opportunities in this area. Findings: The findings indicate that the existing literature is primarily focused on individual sustainability and supply chain dimensions rather than taking a more integrated approach. In addition, the findings suggest both the emergence of a group of themes within an individual dimension, such as green logistics within the environmental dimension as well as a set of themes that are consistent across dimensions. The analysis establishes several areas of opportunity for future inquiry. Originality/value: The paper contributes to our knowledge on sustainability as it relates to supply chain management by using the triple bottom line approach and supply chain management elements that had been previously established in literature as a means to classify extant literature in this space and identify specific research opportunities in a systematic manner. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Supply chain management
Triple bottom line
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