Sustainable supply chain management : confirmation of a higher-order model

Zhang, Minhao (Writer on business and supply chain management); Tse, Ying Kei; Doherty, Bob; Li, Si; Akhtar, Pervaiz

Hull University Business School
Sustainable supply chain; Corporate social responsibility; Scale development; Sustainable development; Survey
2018

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©2017, Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Abstract

Despite the wide discussion of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) with the triple bottom line, few empirical studies consolidate the social and environmental aspects of SSCM. Drawing from the research of green supply chain management (GSCM) and corporate social responsibility (CSR), this paper proposes a hierarchical structure of SSCM and develops a multi-item measurement scale to reflect the specific management practices of SSCM. In this research, SSCM is operationalised as a third-order factor reflected by three second-order factors, namely external GSCM, internal GSCM and CSR. Utilising a rigorous, multi-step scale development method and data from 293 Chinese manufacturers, we validate a 31-item measurement scale and approve the proposed third-order structure of SSCM. The results confirm the multidimensionality of SSCM, which suggests that it is necessary to consider both environmental and social issues in SSCM implementation. The valid measurement scales of SSCM provide managers with a "to do list" to make the specific business decisions to achieve sustainable development in the supply chain.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
1016 KB
Identifier
hull:13472

Journal

Journal title
Resources, conservation & recycling
Publication date
2018
Publisher
Elsevier
DOI
10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.06.015
ISSN (Print)
0921-3449
Volume
128
Start page
206
End page
221
Notes

Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Resources, conservation & recycling, 2018, v.128.

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