Initiatives and outcomes of green supply chain management implementation by Chinese manufacturers

Qinghua Zhu, Joseph Sarkis, Kee Hung Lai

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This paper aims to explore the green supply chain management (GSCM) initiatives (implementation) of various manufacturing industrial sectors in China and examine the links between GSCM initiatives and performance outcomes. We conducted a survey to collect data from four typical manufacturing industrial sectors in China, namely, power generating, chemical/petroleum, electrical/electronic and automobile, and received 171 valid organizational responses for data analysis. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the data. The results are consistent with our prediction that the different manufacturing industry types display different levels of GSCM implementation and outcomes. We specifically found that the electrical/electronic industry has relatively higher levels of GSCM implementation and achieves better performance outcomes than the other three manufacturer types. Implications of the results are discussed and suggestions for further research on the implementation of GSCM are offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-189
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • Green supply chain management
  • Implementation
  • Industry comparisons
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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