Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Bridging Sustainable Procurement and Organization Theories

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Surajit Bag, Department of Supply Chain, Tega Industries South Africa Pty Ltd, South Africa
VG Venkatesh, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Sunil Luthra, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, India
Krishan Kumar Pandey, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
Neeraj Anand, Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India

“We are living as if we have an extra planet at our disposal. We are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can sustainably produce and unless we change course, the number will grow fast by 2030. Even two planets will not be enough”. The statement was given by Dr. Morne Du Plessis, CEO of World Wildlife Fund South Africa.

South Africa has an ecological footprint of 2.59 per hectare. Ecological footprint refers to a measure of how much biologically productive land, water and individual population or activity requires producing all the resources it consumes, and to absorb the waste generates using prevailing technology and resource management practices (WWF 2012).

Supply chain practitioners in manufacturing sector confront with various social and environmental issues which do not directly impact daily operation but ultimately has a profound impact on organization performance. These issues are threat to the organizational sustainability and must be understood and managed in a proactive manner.

In recent years sustainable procurement has been adopted by manufacturing companies globally to save natural resources and reduce carbon footprint.

Sustainable procurement is the set of procurement policies held, actions taken and relationships formed in response to concerns linked with the natural environment. Sustainable procurement is gaining popularity due to its positive association with the triple bottom line (Bag, 2016).

Ecological modernization theory (EMT) can be used as a theoretical lens to study green procurement practices in the manufacturing sector. EMT has its root in the sociological theory which was previously developed and applied in the field of management science. The key objective is to achieve industrial development and protecting environment through innovation and technological development (Murphy & Gouldson, 2000). This theory was earlier used to explain environmental planning by Government departments (Murphy, 2000). The first dimension which influences sustainable procurement is linked to evolution of regulations and policies that impact environmental innovation. The second dimension focuses on technological up gradation and innovation (Murphy & Gouldson, 2000). Therefore, from the EMT perspective, sustainable procurement is supported by the concept of environmental innovation. Companies generally adopt sustainable procurement by considering the hard technological innovation and soft technological innovation dimensions. The hard technological innovation includes innovative technologies and environment friendly equipments for cleaner production. The soft technological innovations include collaboration with key suppliers for green design and buyer-supplier relationship for increased innovativeness and cost savings. Sustainable procurement research based on EMT clearly demonstrates that companies can gain from social, economic and environmental perspective which is then aligned with the triple bottom line for sustainable development.

This special issue aims to bring together articles from across the spectrum of sustainable procurement research, collating the latest research and thinking in the field.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sustainable procurement emerging issues
  • Sustainable procurement best practices
  • Sustainable procurement policy
  • Sustainable procurement strategy
  • Sustainable procurement challenges
  • Sustainable procurement tools—life cycle analysis, total cost of ownership, social and environmental audits, green supplier assessments
  • Ethical procurement practices, codes of conduct, fair trade, corruption in procurement, ethical buyer behaviour
  • Sustainable procurement and higher education
  • Sustainable development
  • Innovation in green supplier networks
  • E-procurement management
  • Sustainable procurement from an international perspective; how different countries and sectors approach sustainability

Articles are welcome which adopt any methodology, which make a novel theoretical contribution, and are both scholarly and relevant.

However, we shall encourage interested authors to modify and or extend existing theories such as Ecological Modernization theory, RBV theory, Social network theory and others for developing the manuscript for this SI. Authors may further use case study or some exploratory study to statistically validate the developed model. The authors must aim to bridge gaps between theory and practice.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Bridging Sustainable Procurement and Organization Theories on or before January 11th, 2018. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Surajit Bag, VG Venkatesh, Sunil Luthra, Krishan Kumar Pandey, & Neeraj Anand
Guest Editors
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)