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The adoption of operational environmental sustainability approaches in the Thai manufacturing sector

Mangla, Sachin Kumar; Maldonado-Guzm�n, Gonzalo; Piyathanavong, Vichathorn; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo; Kumar, Vikas

Authors

Sachin Kumar Mangla

Gonzalo Maldonado-Guzm�n

Vichathorn Piyathanavong

Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes



Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Evidence suggests that manufacturing companies have tried to address the current environmental challenges derived from their operations by implementing various operational environmental sustainability approaches, including green manufacturing (GM), cleaner production (CP), green lean (GL), green supply chain management (GSCM), reverse logistics (RLs) and circular economy (CE). However, although their adoption is well documented in developed nations and few other countries, very little has been done to understand such phenomenon in a rapid developing country such as Thailand. This paper aims at filling this gap by providing light into some fundamental issues regarding the implementation of these approaches in the manufacturing sector of Thailand. A survey-based exploratory research was carried out based on 287 Thai manufacturing companies. The data was analysed using a combination of descriptive and inferential statics. The study revealed that a large amount of investment capacity, and proper training & knowledge are needed to fully implement the studied operational approaches. This resulted in some of the weakest elements of Thai manufacturing firms and hence the main barriers to their implementation. The study also showed that Thai manufacturing firms consider the impact on the environment and benefits from adopting these operational approaches as company's policy and own initiative, environmental awareness, and cost saving from conservation of energy as the main reasons for adopting the studied operational approaches. Finally, the findings also indicate that Thai manufacturing firms tend to implement them because of internal factors and that they lack of motivation from external factors and involvement from other stakeholders. The paper extends the current limited knowledge on the deployment of operational environmental sustainability approaches in Asia, and its results can be beneficial for organisations that aim at effectively adopting them to improve their operation's sustainability.

Citation

Mangla, S. K., Maldonado-Guzmán, G., Piyathanavong, V., Garza-Reyes, J. A., & Kumar, V. (2019). The adoption of operational environmental sustainability approaches in the Thai manufacturing sector. Journal of Cleaner Production, 220, 507-528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.093

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 7, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2019
Publication Date May 20, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2020
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 220
Pages 507-528
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.093
Keywords environmental sustainability, manufacturing, operations improvement, implementation
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/846806
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.093
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.093.

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