A review on supply chain contracts in reverse logistics: Supply chain structures and channel leaderships

Shu Guo, Bin Shen, Tsan Ming Choi, Sojin Jung

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Traditionally, the use of supply chain contracts has been proven to be effective in enhancing the performance of logistics systems. However, the current literature on supply chain contracts in reverse logistics is scattered. As a result, we aim to review in this paper the recent state of the art literature (2006–2016) on supply chain contracts with a focus on reverse logistics systems. We explore the popularity of different kinds of supply chain contracts, and identify the most productive researchers in the area. We classify and examine the literature with respect to the supply chain structure (i.e. the involved supply chain links), and channel leaderships (i.e. who acts as the leader). Finally, we identify the research gaps, suggest five major categories of future research directions and discuss the respective research challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-402
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017


  • Channel leaderships
  • Coordination
  • Links
  • Reverse logistics
  • Supply chain contracts
  • Supply chain structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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