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Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research

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  • 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)

Abstract

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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  • Marisa P. De Brito & Erwin A. Van der Laan, 2010. "Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(4), pages 1-12, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:4:p:859-870:d:7621
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    1. de Brito, M.P. & Flapper, S.D.P. & Dekker, R., 2002. "Reverse logistics," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2002-21, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
    2. van Vuuren, Detlef P. & Bouwman, Lex F., 2005. "Exploring past and future changes in the ecological footprint for world regions," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 43-62, January.
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    Keywords

    abductive reasoning; supply chain management; sustainability; procrastination; behavioral theory;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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