Environmental sustainability, innovation capacity, and supply chain management practices nexus: A mixed methods research approach

Bhutta, M. Khurrum S. and Muzaffar, Asif and Egilmez, Gokhan and Huq, Faizul and Malik, Muhammad Nasir and Warraich, Muhammad Akmal (2021) Environmental sustainability, innovation capacity, and supply chain management practices nexus: A mixed methods research approach. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 28. pp. 1508-1521. ISSN 23525509

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Sustainability has become an integral part of today's business environment and decision-making processes. At all levels of the organizational structure, awareness of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) practices is now a priority. This paper investigates the potential relationships among environmental sustainability, innovation capacity, and stakeholder relationships of business organizations in the context of SSCM. A mixed methods approach is proposed and designed to understand and assess these complex relationships. Data were collected from 57 firms in Pakistan. The results show that organizational innovation and supplier relations are significant enablers of sustainable practices. Moreover, cluster analysis depicts that service industry lags the production industry in adopting sustainable practices. The analysis of the proposed model also reveals that the role of supply chains in Pakistan towards achieving credible environmental sustainability is still at its infancy and that supplier relationships and organizational innovation are the predecessors of environmental sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.08.015
24 August 2021Accepted
25 August 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability Supply chain management Mixed methods research Structural equation modeling Innovation capacity Stakeholder relationships
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-02 - business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Asif Muzaffar
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 16:38
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2023 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12417

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