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Evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management: an example from an emerging economy

Evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management: an example from an emerging economy
Evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management: an example from an emerging economy
This study proposes a fuzzy-based VIKOR (VIseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje) framework for evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management (GSCM) in the context of an emerging economy. The methodology uses a mix method approach combining literature review and opinions of some selected managers from the plastic industry of Bangladesh to identify four main-barriers and twenty-five sub-barriers relevant to GSCM implementation. Fuzzy-VIKOR approach was applied to aid in the analysis of the barriers in the plastic industry of Bangladesh. The findings of the study show the order/rank of intensity and severity of the main-barriers to implementing GSCM practices in the plastic industry of Bangladesh as follows: “inadequate knowledge and support”, “insufficient technology and infrastructure”, “financial constraints and unsupportive organizational”, and “operational policies”. The results also show the rankings of the sub-barriers under each main barriers. This research contributes to the literature in a number of ways. First, it identifies multi-levels of barriers to GSCM implementation. Secondly, it identifies and proposes alternative action plans (strategies) to help mitigate and implement GSCM practices. Though this study has significant contributions, a number of limitations do exist. The barriers in this study were identified using the extant literature review and industrial managers’ opinions. A more scientific approach and empirical validation is required, especially in the plastic manufacturing industry of Bangladesh to identify more new challenging barriers. However, this study can provide managers with a better understanding of the barriers to implementing GSCM practices and motivate the researchers to further extend the investigation on the insights for developing strategic plans for implementing GSCM practices in the plastic industry of Bangladesh.
0953-7287
Rahman, Towfique
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Ali, Syed Mithun
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Abdul Moktadir, Md.
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Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov
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Rahman, Towfique
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Ali, Syed Mithun
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Abdul Moktadir, Md.
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Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov
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Rahman, Towfique, Ali, Syed Mithun, Abdul Moktadir, Md. and Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov (2019) Evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management: an example from an emerging economy. Production Planning & Control. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2019.1674939).

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Abstract

This study proposes a fuzzy-based VIKOR (VIseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje) framework for evaluating barriers to implementing green supply chain management (GSCM) in the context of an emerging economy. The methodology uses a mix method approach combining literature review and opinions of some selected managers from the plastic industry of Bangladesh to identify four main-barriers and twenty-five sub-barriers relevant to GSCM implementation. Fuzzy-VIKOR approach was applied to aid in the analysis of the barriers in the plastic industry of Bangladesh. The findings of the study show the order/rank of intensity and severity of the main-barriers to implementing GSCM practices in the plastic industry of Bangladesh as follows: “inadequate knowledge and support”, “insufficient technology and infrastructure”, “financial constraints and unsupportive organizational”, and “operational policies”. The results also show the rankings of the sub-barriers under each main barriers. This research contributes to the literature in a number of ways. First, it identifies multi-levels of barriers to GSCM implementation. Secondly, it identifies and proposes alternative action plans (strategies) to help mitigate and implement GSCM practices. Though this study has significant contributions, a number of limitations do exist. The barriers in this study were identified using the extant literature review and industrial managers’ opinions. A more scientific approach and empirical validation is required, especially in the plastic manufacturing industry of Bangladesh to identify more new challenging barriers. However, this study can provide managers with a better understanding of the barriers to implementing GSCM practices and motivate the researchers to further extend the investigation on the insights for developing strategic plans for implementing GSCM practices in the plastic industry of Bangladesh.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 September 2019
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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434493
ISSN: 0953-7287
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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2019 16:30
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