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Integrating sustainable supply chain practices with operational performance: an exploratory study of Chinese SMEs

Kumar, Niraj and Brint, Andrew and Shi, Erjing and Upadhyay, Arvind and Ruan, Ximing (2019) 'Integrating sustainable supply chain practices with operational performance: an exploratory study of Chinese SMEs.' Production Planning and Control, 30 (5-6). 464 - 478. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

With growing regulatory and market pressure to implement green practices, SMEs are facing enormous challenges to simultaneously improve operational and green performances of their supply chains. The paper aims to understand the green practices adopted by Chinese SMEs in the packaging sector in order to assess the impact of these practices in improving the operational performance. Case study-based research methodology is adopted and semi-structured interviews are conducted to collect data from seven SMEs in this study. Both in-case and cross-case analyses are performed to understand the green practices being adopted with the focus on improving the operational performance. The findings of this study indicate that although most SMEs understand the importance of green practices, they have limited knowledge to integrate these practices to improve operational performance. Integration and alignment of green activities with the operational improvement measures are identified as critical factors to develop an efficient green supply chain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green supply chain management; operational performance; small and medium enterprises (SMEs); case study; Chinese packaging industry
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 13:16
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 13:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28428

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