An organizational theoretic review of green supply chain management literature

Joseph Sarkis, Qinghua Zhu, Kee Hung Lai

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Abstract

Green supply chain management (GSCM) has gained increasing attention within both academia and industry. As the literature grows, finding new directions by critically evaluating the research and identifying future directions becomes important in advancing knowledge for the field. Using organizational theories to help categorize the literature provides opportunities to address both the objectives of understanding where the field currently stands and identifying research opportunities and directions. After providing a background discussion on GSCM, we categorize and review recent GSCM literature under nine broad organizational theories, with a special emphasis on investigation of adoption, diffusion and outcomes of GSCM practices. Within this review framework, we also identify GSCM research questions that are worthy of investigation. Additional organizational theories which are considered valuable for future GSCM research are also identified with a conclusion for this review.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume130
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Green supply chain management
  • Literature review
  • Organizational theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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