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Mapping the field of sustainable procurement: a bibliometric analysis

Gaurav Kabra (Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Samir K. Srivastava (Operations Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)
Vinit Ghosh (Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya, Gaya, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 17 January 2023

Issue publication date: 1 December 2023




The study aims to analyze the intellectual structure in sustainable procurement (SP) research to identify the knowledge research clusters and provide potential avenues for future research.


The study conducted a bibliometric analysis to analyze the intellectual structure in the area of SP. Overall, 1,294 articles were selected from the Scopus database published between 2000 and 2022. The analysis was conducted using bibliometric R package, Biblioshiny and VOSviewer software. Further, content analysis of research clusters was carried out to set the future research agenda.


The study identifies four major knowledge research clusters of SP, namely, (1) green supply chain practices, (2) socially responsible purchasing, (3) environmental purchasing and (4) public procurement and policy. The study suggests a few research directions in the SP field. Moreover, the future research directions are aligned with specific organizational theories applicable in the area of SP research.

Research limitations/implications

The study is dependent on the Scopus database for the source of research publications on SP. Future studies may consider other research database sources.

Practical implications

Identifying knowledge research clusters of SP research is of paramount importance for developing policies in the near future. These policy initiatives pave the way for the adoption of SP practices in the business. The findings indicate the issues managers encounter while implementing SP in organizations.


The study offers valuable insights concerning parameters such as significant publication outlets, influential countries concerning the number of publications, impactful authors, title keywords and identifying major knowledge research clusters of SP to suggest future research directions. Further, the present study highlights emerging areas that require further research, including process governance, supplier diversity, innovation, the role of emerging technologies and the application of organizational theories in SP.



Kabra, G., Srivastava, S.K. and Ghosh, V. (2023), "Mapping the field of sustainable procurement: a bibliometric analysis", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 30 No. 10, pp. 4370-4396.



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