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The role of risk in environment‐related supplier initiatives

Paul D. Cousins (School of Management and Economics, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Richard C. Lamming (School of Management, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK)
Frances Bowen (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



This paper extends previous literature on the greening of supply chains by giving explicit consideration to two main areas – the role of risk, and the motives for undertaking different sorts of environment‐related supplier initiatives. A model is presented which describes the extent and type of environment‐related supplier initiatives that may be undertaken by firms as a result of the interaction of the perceived losses to the firm associated with inaction, and the actual level of strategic purchasing in the firm.



Cousins, P.D., Lamming, R.C. and Bowen, F. (2004), "The role of risk in environment‐related supplier initiatives", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 554-565.



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