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World Class Sustainable Supply Chain Management: critical review and further research directions

Dubey, Rameshwar, Gunasekaran, Angappa, Childe, Stephen J., Papadopoulos, Thanos, Fosso-Wamba, S. (2017) World Class Sustainable Supply Chain Management: critical review and further research directions. International Journal of Logistics Management, 28 (2). pp. 332-362. ISSN 0957-4093. (doi:10.1108/IJLM-07-2015-0112) (KAR id:57227)



Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has attracted considerable interest among academics and practitioners. The purpose of this paper is to present a critical review of the literature, to identify missing links, to argue for the use of world class SSCM (WCSSCM) through a framework, and suggest further research directions.


In the paper the authors have undertaken an extensive review of literature and classified articles using a novel classification scheme.


Through the extensive review and identification of research gaps, the paper identifies significant differences between definitions and methodologies in the SSCM literature; and argues for “WCSSCM.” This term is elaborated on via a theoretical framework in which 18 dimensions are classified under six constructs of SSCM. Furthermore, a list of potential research directions for WCSSCM is discussed.

Research limitations/implications

The research is an attempt to critically review literature, argue for WCSSCM, and develop a theoretical framework.


The paper offers a new approach to SSCM literature, arguing for WCSSCM through a framework, and providing further research directions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/IJLM-07-2015-0112
Uncontrolled keywords: Literature review, Theoretical framework, Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM), Triple bottom line, World class SSCM (WCSSCM)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Thanos Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 12:21 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 14:35 UTC
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Papadopoulos, Thanos.

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