World-class sustainable manufacturing: Framework and a performance measurement system

Rameshwar Dubey, Angappa Gunasekaran, Anindya Chakrabarty

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Sustainable manufacturing has been the subject of debate in the last few years, amongst both researchers and industrialists. Manufacturing activities have been regarded as amongst the most important factors which have caused major damage to planet. The aim of this paper is to scientifically develop a world-class sustainable manufacturing (WCSM) framework. The study uses a structured questionnaire, which was developed using extant literature and pretested to check content validity. The data was collected following a modified version of Dillmans total design method to improve the quality of response. The psychometric properties of the instrument including reliability and construct validity were assessed using confirmatory factor analysis and multiple regression analysis for hypotheses testing, and partial least squares approach for testing goodness of fit. We find that the scale and items of our theoretical framework meet the criteria. The multiple regression analysis output suggests that all our hypotheses are supported, which further supports the extant literature. Our present study is unique in terms of scope and its contribution to the theory and practice of supply chain management. This study has empirically tested the research calls of various researchers, extended them to WCSM practices and further developed a scale for the measurement of the framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5207-5223
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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