Green Supply Chain Management Model for Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

Green Supply Chain Management Model for Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

Surajit Bag (Tega Industries South Africa Pty Ltd, South Africa), Neeraj Anand (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India) and Krishan Kumar Pandey (O.P. Jindal Global University, India)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 37
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0635-5.ch006
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to identify the dimensions of green supply chain and their impact on manufacturing practices. In this study, the authors used two extended strategies. First thorough review of literature was done considering articles from reputed journals. Second the factors identified from literature review was further refined through experts by forming a problem solving group consisting of seven experts from the manufacturing sector. These factors were used to develop the green supply chain management model using Interpretive structural modeling. Further MICMAC analysis was used to identify the driving and dependence power of the factors. The results of the analysis are very encouraging. Finally, the authors have presented the relationship management strategy for sustainable manufacturing practices.
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Literature Review

We have adopted “Systematic Literature Review (SLR)” in our paper as suggested by Tranfield et al. (2003). The present section is divided into two stages and its phases.

Stage 1: Planning the Review

Phase 0: Identification for the Need for a Review

The field of Manufacturing and Operations has seen radical changes through the years. It started with the “The Industrial Revolution” in the late 1700s, has been through several phases but real challenge emerged in front of manufacturing was its sustainability. The issues that have forced developed economies to shift their manufacturing base to India were cost and other was to put check on greenhouse gas emissions. However the approach of these developed economies was questionable. Shifting the location of manufacturing hubs is never going to solve problems but there is need for more sustainable solution which can optimize between cost and environment. The search of amicable solution has led to the growth of green supply chain management. In our present work we will discuss theoretical concept used for building a green supply chain management model. We will review latest research works related to evolution of green supply chain dimensions, green supply chain as a source of competitive advantage.

Phase 1: Preparation of a Proposal for a Review

In this section we will identify reputable journals which publishes potential works related to green supply chain and its related areas.

To begin with green supply chain management it’s very important to understand “Green Manufacturing” and its dimensions. Though there are lot of definitions and arguments, but from various literatures it can be derived that during manufacturing or production, lot of wastes are generated in the form of solid, liquid and gas, which are harmful to earth and to lives supported by the earth. In order to minimize the harmful effect of these wastes, innovative manufacturing practices to be deployed which is blend of technology, culture, leadership and policies, at economical cost so that firm should not be overburdened with excessive cost of production which force them to outsource which is the present scenario in the western part of the world.

Phase 2: Development of Review Protocol

We decided initially to review all published work. In order to eliminate our biasness towards any work we reviewed all possible articles published in past fifteen years in reputed journals related to green supply chain management, sustainable manufacturing & related concepts so that we do not end up with sketchy literature or irrelevant literature.

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