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Integrating sustainable supply chain practices with operational performance: An exploratory study of Chinese SMEs

Kumar, Niraj; Brint, Andrew; Shi, Erjing; Upadhyay, Arvind; Ruan, Ximing

Authors

Niraj Kumar

Andrew Brint

Erjing Shi

Arvind Upadhyay

Ximing Ruan Ximing.Ruan@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Stategy and Operations Mgmt



Abstract

With growing regulatory and market pressure to implement green practices, SMEs are facing enormous challenges to simultaneously improve operational and green performances of their supply chains. The paper aims to understand the green practices adopted by Chinese SMEs in the packaging sector in order to assess the impact of these practices in improving the operational performance. Case study-based research methodology is adopted and semi-structured interviews are conducted to collect data from seven SMEs in this study. Both in-case and cross-case analyses are performed to understand the green practices being adopted with the focus on improving the operational performance. The findings of this study indicate that although most SMEs understand the importance of green practices, they have limited knowledge to integrate these practices to improve operational performance. Integration and alignment of green activities with the operational improvement measures are identified as critical factors to develop an efficient green supply chain.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2019
Journal Production Planning and Control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 5-6
Pages 464-478
APA6 Citation Kumar, N., Brint, A., Shi, E., Upadhyay, A., & Ruan, X. (2019). Integrating sustainable supply chain practices with operational performance: An exploratory study of Chinese SMEs. Production Planning and Control, 30(5-6), 464-478. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2018.1501816
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2018.1501816
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tppc20/current