Enabling of sustainable supply chain management with lean thinking: a study on manufacturing firms in Kyoto Protocol signatories

Stuart So, Henry Xu, David Rooney, Yunxia Xhu

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Abstract

The research formulates a sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) strategy for manufacturers by showing the potential of lean thinking that lead corporate sustainability to success. A study of the adoption of sustainability was conducted with 527 manufacturing firms in 17 Kyoto Protocol signatories that were practicing lean production. A research model and 4 hypotheses are proposed to create a link between lean and sustainable supply chains. We theorized that manufacturers embrace lean as a pro-environmental practice with a cross-organizational commitment in an electronically-enabled supply chain environment hold promise for adopting SSCM. The results imply that manufacturers in developing countries may consider going lean first in consideration of humanistic values before moving towards adopting sustainability for a better chance of success.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th ANZAM Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging on the edge
EditorsMartin Grimmer, Rob Hecker
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-21
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780987596819
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013) - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013)
CityHobart, Australia
Period4/12/136/12/13

Keywords

  • e-business
  • 'green' policy
  • lean production
  • supply chain management
  • sustainability

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