Closed-loop supply chain collaboration: a study of the packaging industry

Ramanathan, U. ORCID: 0000-0002-7473-4643, He, Q., Subramanian, N. and Gunasekaran, A., 2018. Closed-loop supply chain collaboration: a study of the packaging industry. In: BAM2018: British Academy of Management Conference, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, 4-6 September 2018. (Forthcoming)

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Proactive sustainable manufacturing practices across forward and reverse supply chain (SC) is a key to achieve sustainable SC performance. Firms need to champion sustainable practices through committed involvement of collaborating SC members. The success of collaboration decides how capable focal companies are to transform sustainable operational practices into sustainable SC performance. Successful collaborative factors are not well understood in the sustainability literature, hence this paper attempts to understand and answer the question of what are the dominating factors that could enable focal companies to successfully collaborate with its supply chain members to improve operations in closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) activities. The study uses mixed-methods including case study and empirical survey to develop and validate a framework of collaborative CLSC. Two main findings of our research are: (1) although the success of CLSC collaboration lies in the involvement of SC members in supply chain collaboration, the actual commitment of the SC members in CLSC operations is equally important; (2) members involved in CLSC activities are not necessarily committed for sustainability investment, resource sharing and incentive sharing. The proposed collaborative CLSC framework will be helpful for focal companies to retain value from the product returns, avoid future risk of landfills, and also adhere to sustainable operational approach.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Ramanathan, U., He, Q., Subramanian, N. and Gunasekaran, A.
Date: September 2018
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 May 2018 11:16
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 03:00

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