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Firm-level correlates of emergent green supply chain management practices in the Chinese context

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  • Zhu, Qinghua
  • Sarkis, Joseph
  • Cordeiro, James J.
  • Lai, Kee-Hung
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    Greening the supply chain is increasingly a concern for many business enterprises and a challenge for logistics management in the 21st century. Of particular concern is how to arouse organizational environmental awareness and put environmental activities into practice in the logistics activities of their supply chains. This paper investigates the correlation of two major factors, organizational learning and management support, with the extent of adoption of green supply chain management (GSCM) practices in Chinese manufacturing firms, where their inbound and outbound logistics activities are potential polluters to the environment. Organizational and operational learning was derived from the firm's experience with programs such as total quality management and environmental management systems. Management support included support for GSCM ideas and practices from top and middle-level management and cooperation across organizational functions. We find significant positive relationships between organizational learning mechanisms, organizational support and the adoption of GSCM practices, after controlling for a number of other influences including regulations, marketing, supplier, cost pressures, industry levels of the relevant practice and organizational size. Implications of our findings on logistics management are discussed.

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    Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 577-591

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    Keywords: Green supply chain management Organizational learning Management support;

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