Closed-loop supply chains: An introduction to the feature issue (part 1)

V. Daniel R. Guide, Luk N. Van Wassenhove

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Closed-loop supply chains (CLSC) have product returns at the center of attention. Our view is that CLSC are best managed from a business perspective where organizations seek to maximize value recovery. The research in the feature issue, and our experiences, shows that there are still numerous, unresolved, managerially relevant issues that deserve further investigation. We also observe that there is a pressing need to validate the assumptions in our models using interdisciplinary, industry-driven research. The time is right for production and operations management to play a central role in the sustainability movement slowly taking hold in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-350
Number of pages6
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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