The other side of the coin: advancing sustainability in the supply chain from a small supplier's standpoint

Touboulic, Anne and Borrella Alonso de la Torre, María Inmaculada and Gualandris, Jury (2014). The other side of the coin: advancing sustainability in the supply chain from a small supplier's standpoint. In: "1st International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum", March 23-25 2014, Groningen - The Netherlands. pp. 1-12.

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Title: The other side of the coin: advancing sustainability in the supply chain from a small supplier's standpoint
Author/s:
  • Touboulic, Anne
  • Borrella Alonso de la Torre, María Inmaculada
  • Gualandris, Jury
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 1st International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum
Event Dates: March 23-25 2014
Event Location: Groningen - The Netherlands
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 1st International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum
Date: 2014
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: sustainable supply chain management, suppliers, sensemaking, qualitative
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In recent years, increased attention has been devoted to exploring how sustainability practices can be implemented in supply chains and networks. Much of the operations management literature in this area has mainly focused on the large buying firms perspective, looking at how they devise standards and push suppliers to comply with them. Little has been done to uncover how small and medium size (SME) suppliers react to and cope with increasing sustainability requirements with limited capabilities in hand. This paper is an attempt to fill this gap and initiate conceptual thinking from a suppliers perspective. Qualitative insights from case studies of both developing and developed countries suppliers are offered. We draw on the sensemaking literature and propose the concept of "sustainability dissonance" to conceptualise the situation of uncertainty and ambiguity that SME suppliers are confronted to when facing multiplying sustainability requirements. A number of propositions are articulated related to suppliers interpretations and reactions when dealing with "sustainability dissonance". The article sets out a number of avenues for future research.

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Item ID: 41639
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/41639/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:41639
Official URL: http://www.euroma-online.org/events/other-past-events/sustainable-euroma-sustainable-operations-and-supply-chains-forum/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 04 Jul 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 10:28
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