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Why do industrial companies show different posture towards supply networks sustainability? A multiple case studies analysis

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  • Jury Gualandris

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  • Matteo Giacomo Maria Kalchschmidt

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This research aims at moving a step forward toward the understanding of why industrial companies show different postures toward sustainability in their supply networks. Specifically, the role played by external pressures (i.e., from government and market) and internal capabilities (i.e., organizational commitment, supply management capabilities, innovation power) in determining companies’ attitude toward suppliers’ sustainability is theoretically and empirically investigated. To achieve our objectives, a multiple case studies analysis was performed since it is particularly suited when new complex phenomena are approached. This paper contributes to former literature by proposing a new comprehensive model specifying the role played by sustainable supply chain management’ (SSCM) antecedents in driving industrial companies’ postures.

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  • Jury Gualandris & Matteo Giacomo Maria Kalchschmidt, 2012. "Why do industrial companies show different posture towards supply networks sustainability? A multiple case studies analysis," Working Papers 1203, Department of Economics and Technology Management, University of Bergamo.
  • Handle: RePEc:brh:wpaper:1203
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    supply network sustainability; SSCM; innovation power; supply management capabilities; government pressure; market pressure;

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