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Diffusion of green supply chain management: Examining perceived quality of green reverse logistics

Benjamin T. Hazen (Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Casey Cegielski (Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Joe B. Hanna (Department of Aviation and Supply Chain Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Publication date: 1 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Extant research has yielded conflicting results regarding the relationship between adoption of green supply chain management (GSCM) practices and competitive advantage. The purpose of this paper is to further investigate this relationship by examining the case of green reverse logistics (GRL).

Design/methodology/approach

Through the lens of diffusion of innovation and resource‐advantage theory, the authors examine whether or not consumers perceive products made via GRL practices to be equivalent to brand‐new products in terms of quality. A survey method is used to gather data from a diverse sample of 533 participants. Data are analyzed via ANOVA to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The findings suggest that consumers perceive products made via some GRL practices to be inferior to brand‐new products in terms of quality. However, participants indicated no perceived quality difference between products made with recycled materials and brand‐new products.

Research limitations/implications

The findings suggest that adoption of some GSCM practices may not necessarily lead to competitive advantage, which may inhibit diffusion of GSCM. This study is limited by its focus on just one aspect of competitive advantage. Future studies should examine the relationship between GSCM adoption and other measures of competitive advantage.

Practical implications

Understanding that consumers may perceive products made via some GRL activities as being inferior in quality to brand‐new products, firms wishing to employ GRL may wish to compete on other dimensions, such as low price or service.

Originality/value

This research corroborates previous research findings that suggest adoption of GSCM may not lead directly to competitive advantage. Future research is suggested to continue to build this body of literature.

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Citation

Hazen, B.T., Cegielski, C. and Hanna, J.B. (2011), "Diffusion of green supply chain management: Examining perceived quality of green reverse logistics", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 373-389. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574091111181372

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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