Influence of green and lean upstream supply chain management practices on business sustainability

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Abstract

Green and lean paradigms have been adopted by companies in order to manage their relationships with suppliers in a supply chain management context, but nearly always separately and with little understanding of their influence on company performance. This paper proposes a theoretical framework for the analysis of the influence of green and lean upstream supply chain management practices on the sustainable development of businesses. To attend this objective, a set of performance measures covering economic (operational cost, environmental cost, and inventory cost), environmental (business wastage, green image, and CO 2 emission), and social (corruption risk, supplier screening and local supplier) perspectives is proposed. An explanatory case study was conducted at a Portuguese automaker to test qualitatively the validity of the proposed theoretical framework. From the case study, a model is suggested, which encompasses the relationships between green and lean upstream supply chain practices and sustainable business development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6179327
Pages (from-to)753-765
Number of pages13
JournalIeee Transactions On Engineering Management
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Automotive industry
  • green and lean supply chain practices
  • performance measurement

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