World class sustainable supply chain management: Critical review and further research directions

Rameshwar Dubey, Angappa Gunasekaran, Stephen J. Childe, Thanos Papadopoulos, Samuel Fosso Wamba

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Purpose - Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has attracted considerable interest among academics and practitioners. The purpose of this paper is to present a critical review of the literature, to identify missing links, to argue for the use of world class SSCM (WCSSCM) through a framework, and suggest further research directions. Design/methodology/approach - In the paper the authors have undertaken an extensive review of literature and classified articles using a novel classification scheme. Findings - Through the extensive review and identification of research gaps, the paper identifies significant differences between definitions and methodologies in the SSCM literature; and argues for "WCSSCM." This term is elaborated on via a theoretical framework in which 18 dimensions are classified under six constructs of SSCM. Furthermore, a list of potential research directions for WCSSCM is discussed. Research limitations/implications - The research is an attempt to critically review literature, argue for WCSSCM, and develop a theoretical framework. Originality/value - The paper offers a new approach to SSCM literature, arguing for WCSSCM through a framework, and providing further research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-362
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation


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