Green supply chain management innovation diffusion and its relationship to organizational improvement: An ecological modernization perspective

Qinghua Zhu, Joseph Sarkis, Kee Hung Lai

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Drawing on diffusion of innovation and ecological modernization theories, we identify three types of industrial manufacturers, namely early adopters, followers, and laggards, based on the adoption of green supply chain management (GSCM) practices among Chinese manufacturers. Test results indicate that differences exist between the three types of GSCM adopters in terms of their environmental, operational, and economic performance. Understanding how Chinese manufacturers adopt GSCM practices and if this adoption affects their performance contributes theoretical advancement to the diffusion of innovation theory. Practically, the results provide managerial insights for manufacturers to benchmark for environmental management practices and performance improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-185
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Cluster analysis
  • Diffusion of innovation theory
  • Empirical taxonomy
  • Environmental issues
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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