Identification of stakeholder related barriers in sustainable manufacturing using Social Network Analysis

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Sustainable manufacturing (SM) is crucial for our future manufacturing and it starts to have an evolutionary development. However, manufacturing industries are difficult to adopt sustainability measures because of considerable barriers under the triple bottom line (TBL): economy, environment and people. Previous research works mainly focused on the originality and the definitions of the barriers in SM, they seldomly consider the stakeholder-related affairs on SM and the causal relationships between the barriers in SM. Therefore, this study aims to propose a comprehensive analysis of barriers in SM using social network analysis (SNA), with detailed consideration of stakeholder concerns in terms of TBL. This study applies SNA to recognize and investigate the underlying stakeholder-related barriers and their causal relationships in SM, and the suggestions were provided upon the findings of SNA to help for mitigating the negative influences from critical barriers to SM. The validation is provided by showing the effectiveness of suggestions in which decreases in the network density and average geodesic distance simultaneously after the modification. This study contributes to not only displaying the efficient way to probe the stakeholder-related barriers in SM, but also offering the guideline to support the measures proposing in the future by using the same analytic technique in SNA which is demonstrated in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1903-1917
Number of pages15
JournalSustainable Production and Consumption
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Barriers to sustainability
  • Social network analysis
  • Stakeholder
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Triple bottom line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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