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Pushing the Boundaries of Sustainable Supply Chain Management Research : New ways in SSCM research

2013-08-12 , Hofstetter, Joerg S , Wolf, Julia , Ellram, Lisa , Shrivastava, Paul

In recent years, sustainability in supply chains has become a topic of strategic priority for supply chain management. Still, doubts have been raised about the substantive commitment of large, international corporations to really improve global social welfare and to preserve the natural environment. The objective of this panel symposium was to stimulate and inspire new managerial approaches to achieve substantive sustainable improvements in supply chains. It offered a platform for exchanging first ideas and, thereby, stimulated research on sustainable supply chain management to move to the next level. The panelists, among others, discussed questions such as (1) how to enable corporations to give substantial weight to environmental protection and social welfare?; (2) how to move beyond our dominant Western perspective on sustainability and consider the values of different societies, in particular different value systems in emerging economies?; and (3) how to change the strategies and structures of supply chains such that they become truly sustainable?

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Sustainability in Multinational Multi-Tier Supply Chains : Sustainable Supply Chains

2013-08-10 , Hofstetter, Joerg S , Wolf, Julia , Klassen, Robert , Shrivastava, Paul

Sustainability in supply chains has become a research field of growing attention with increased contributions on management topics such as sustainable operations, international purchasing responsibility, closed-loop supply chains, or sustainability in supplier relations. Most scholarly papers are positioned on intrafirm supply chains and direct supplier relationships, insufficiently accounting for the true complexity facing managerial decision makers. With approximately 80% of value added being procured internationally from external vendors and their suppliers upstream, the external supply chain accounts for the majority of practices impacting societies and the natural environment around the world. The multinationality of many supply chains, where vendors and their suppliers upstream act differently in their respective local institutional field, makes aligned sustainability practices difficult to realize. The objective of this professional development workshop is to advance research on sustainable supply chain management to a new level, moving beyond the current focus on static internal supply chains and direct international supplier involvement to dynamic multinational, multi-tier end-to-end supply chains. Participants worked with prominent scholars from different disciplines in small open roundtables to identify and develop ways to address these challenges. Discussions revolved around new questions to be asked, theories not yet used in this field, and methodologies offering to capture this larger unit of analysis. At the end of the workshop, table speakers presented the results developed at each table, supported by a brief electronic documentation. We asked participants with interest in pursuing particular ideas further, to leave their contact on the documentation.