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An original assessment of the influence of soft dimensions on implementation of sustainability practices: Implications for the thermal energy sector in fast-growing economies

An original assessment of the influence of soft dimensions on implementation of sustainability practices: Implications for the thermal energy sector in fast-growing economies
An original assessment of the influence of soft dimensions on implementation of sustainability practices: Implications for the thermal energy sector in fast-growing economies
This study explores the different soft dimensions that affect the incorporation of sustainability practices in thermal power supply chains. Using a blend of literature exploration and the views of experts from academia and thermal power plants, 14 soft dimensions of sustainability were identified in the Indian scenario. Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) was primarily applied to determine the structural interactions among these factors, with Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) employed later to establish the strength of these interactions. As per the analysis, ‘Scale of commitment for SSCM implementation’ and ‘Inclusion of SSCM practices in organisation’s vision and mission’ are the most influential factors in implementing sustainability practices in Indian thermal power supply chains. Revelations of this research are expected to inform industrial managers and experts about the importance and impact of considering soft dimensions as part of their decision-making related to sustainable supply chain management to achieve improved and sustainable operations.
Cleaner production, Soft dimension (SD), Sustainability in supply chains, Thermal power plants (TPPs)
1936-9735
337-358
Muduli, Kamalakanta
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Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov
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Yadav, Devendra Kumar
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Gupta, Himanshu
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Yadav, Devendra Kumar
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Gupta, Himanshu
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Muduli, Kamalakanta, Kusi-Sarpong, Simonov, Yadav, Devendra Kumar, Gupta, Himanshu and Jabbour, Chiappetta Jose Charbel (2021) An original assessment of the influence of soft dimensions on implementation of sustainability practices: Implications for the thermal energy sector in fast-growing economies. Operations Management Research, 14 (3-4), 337-358. (doi:10.1007/s12063-021-00215-x).

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This study explores the different soft dimensions that affect the incorporation of sustainability practices in thermal power supply chains. Using a blend of literature exploration and the views of experts from academia and thermal power plants, 14 soft dimensions of sustainability were identified in the Indian scenario. Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) was primarily applied to determine the structural interactions among these factors, with Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) employed later to establish the strength of these interactions. As per the analysis, ‘Scale of commitment for SSCM implementation’ and ‘Inclusion of SSCM practices in organisation’s vision and mission’ are the most influential factors in implementing sustainability practices in Indian thermal power supply chains. Revelations of this research are expected to inform industrial managers and experts about the importance and impact of considering soft dimensions as part of their decision-making related to sustainable supply chain management to achieve improved and sustainable operations.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 September 2021
Published date: 2 October 2021
Keywords: Cleaner production, Soft dimension (SD), Sustainability in supply chains, Thermal power plants (TPPs)

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Local EPrints ID: 451725
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451725
ISSN: 1936-9735
PURE UUID: 9d9d3a9f-8199-4448-a041-114773b87039
ORCID for Simonov Kusi-Sarpong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1618-2518

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Date deposited: 22 Oct 2021 16:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:28

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Author: Kamalakanta Muduli
Author: Devendra Kumar Yadav
Author: Himanshu Gupta
Author: Chiappetta Jose Charbel Jabbour

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