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Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research

  • Marisa P. De Brito


    (Delft University of Technology, Postbus 5015, 2628 GA, Delft, The Netherlands
    AfL-NHTV University of Applied Sciences, Postbus 3917, 4800 DX Breda, The Netherlands)

  • Erwin A. Van der Laan


    (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, P.O. Box 1738, 3000DR, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Research has pointed out opportunities and research agendas to integrate sustainability issues with supply chain and operations management. However, we find that it is still not mainstream practice to systematically take a sustainability approach in tackling supply chain and operations management issues. In this paper, we make use of behavioral theory to explain the current lack of integration. We conclude through abductive reasoning that the reasons for procrastinating integration of sustainability in supply chain and operations management research are the conflicting nature of the task and the inherent context, which is the focus on operations rather than environmental or social issues.

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Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (March)
Pages: 859-870

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