TitleBuilding a More Complete Theory of Sustainable Supply Chain Management Using Case Studies of Ten Exemplars
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPagell, M, Wu, Z
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Pagination37-56 JSCM Best Paper of the Year; Citation of Excellence Awards for 2013 (Emerald)
Date Published2009
KeywordsManagement, Supply Chain

Case studies of 10 exemplar firms are used to build a coherent and testable model of the elements necessary to create a sustainable supply chain. The cases build on previous research by examining the chain as an entirety, by explicitly examining both the social and environmental outcomes of the chain's activities, and by explicitly asking what these exemplar organizations are doing that is unique in regards to managing their supply chains in a sustainable manner. The analysis suggests that the practices that lead to a more sustainable supply chain are equal parts best practices in traditional supply chain management and new behaviors, some of which run counter to existing accepted “best” practice.