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The role of supply management capabilities in green supply

The role of supply management capabilities in green supply
The role of supply management capabilities in green supply
Managers realize that they should avoid complex green supply initiatives when they do not have the capabilities to implement them. However, they have little guidance on how these capabilities can be developed. This paper provides an initial analysis of the role of supply management capabilities in green supply. We argue that the implementation of green supply is better explained by focusing on the development and deployment of an organization's specialized internal resources, rather than by the more usual focus on external environmental pressures on a firm. Further, we argue that capabilities appropriate for green supply are developed by a proactive corporate environmental stance and by a more strategic purchasing and supply management approach.
We test our model using data from a two-phase survey of 70 operating units within UK public limited companies. Our results indicate support for our conjecture that supply management capabilities are jointly developed by a proactive corporate environmental approach and a strategic purchasing and supply process. Our study results should be useful to business strategists, regulators, and researchers interested in the predictors of corporate green behavior. They should also assist future researchers in many branches of environmental management who are seeking to explore the role of the internal capabilities of firms in supporting environmental management.
resource-based, environmental management, purchasing and supply management, supply chain design, network management
1059-1478
174-189
Bowen, Frances E.
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Cousins, Paul D.
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Lamming, Richard C.
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Faruk, Adam C.
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Bowen, Frances E., Cousins, Paul D., Lamming, Richard C. and Faruk, Adam C. (2001) The role of supply management capabilities in green supply. Production and Operations Management, 10 (2 (Summer 2001)), 174-189.

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Abstract

Managers realize that they should avoid complex green supply initiatives when they do not have the capabilities to implement them. However, they have little guidance on how these capabilities can be developed. This paper provides an initial analysis of the role of supply management capabilities in green supply. We argue that the implementation of green supply is better explained by focusing on the development and deployment of an organization's specialized internal resources, rather than by the more usual focus on external environmental pressures on a firm. Further, we argue that capabilities appropriate for green supply are developed by a proactive corporate environmental stance and by a more strategic purchasing and supply management approach.
We test our model using data from a two-phase survey of 70 operating units within UK public limited companies. Our results indicate support for our conjecture that supply management capabilities are jointly developed by a proactive corporate environmental approach and a strategic purchasing and supply process. Our study results should be useful to business strategists, regulators, and researchers interested in the predictors of corporate green behavior. They should also assist future researchers in many branches of environmental management who are seeking to explore the role of the internal capabilities of firms in supporting environmental management.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: resource-based, environmental management, purchasing and supply management, supply chain design, network management

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Local EPrints ID: 35932
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35932
ISSN: 1059-1478
PURE UUID: a9e6c484-1a31-4a2d-af58-fb66893db244

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Date deposited: 23 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:46

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Author: Frances E. Bowen
Author: Paul D. Cousins
Author: Richard C. Lamming
Author: Adam C. Faruk

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