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

Zhang, Minhao, Tse, Ying Kei, Doherty, Bob, Li, Si, Akhtar, Pervaiz (2018) Sustainable supply chain management: Confirmation of a higher-order model. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 128 . pp. 206-221. ISSN 0921-3449. (doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.06.015) (KAR id:75442)


Drawing from the research of green supply chain management and corporate social responsibility, this research proposes a hierarchical structure of sustainable supply chain management and develops a multi-item measurement scale to reflect the specific management practices of sustainable supply chain management. In this research, sustainable supply chain management is operationalised as a third-order factor reflected by three second-order factors, namely external green supply chain management, internal green supply chain management and corporate social responsibility. Utilising a rigorous, multi-step scale development method and data from 293 Chinese manufacturers, this research validates a 31-item measurement scale and approves the proposed third-order structure. The results confirm the multidimensionality of sustainable supply chain management, which suggests that it is necessary for the future researches to consider both environmental and social aspects. The valid measurement scales provide managers with a “to do list” to make the specific business decisions to achieve sustainable development in the supply chain.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.06.015
Uncontrolled keywords: Scale development, Survey, Sustainable development, Sustainable supply chain, Economic and social effects, Planning, Social aspects, Surveying, Sustainable development, Chinese manufacturers, Corporate social responsibilities (CSR), Green supply chain management, Hierarchical structures, Higher order modeling, Management practices, Scale development, Sustainable supply chains, Supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, decision making, management practice, research, supply chain management, survey method, sustainable development, drawing, human, human experiment, manager, social aspect, social behavior, sustainable development
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Pervaiz Akhtar
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 15:30 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:15 UTC
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Akhtar, Pervaiz.

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