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Information-based quality management in reverse logistics supply chain: A systematic literature review

Ruchini Senarath Jayasinghe (School of Natural and Built Environments, Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Nicholas Chileshe (School of Natural and Built Environments, Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Raufdeen Rameezdeen (School of Natural and Built Environments, Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 5 July 2019

Issue publication date: 13 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the synergies among reverse logistics supply chain (RLSC), quality management (QM) and information management (IM) concepts to enhance the effectiveness of demolition waste management (DWM) practices.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review was conducted using 70 articles published between the years of 2006 and 2017, which were subjected to descriptive and thematic analysis.

Findings

The descriptive analysis established that the RLSC concept was dealt within the majority of the publications (61 per cent), followed by concepts related to quality in RLSC (24 per cent). Only 14 per cent of the articles were based on IM concepts related to RLSC. Quality and information are interrelated in the effective implementation of RLSC. The thematic analysis demonstrated that there is a need for using quality parameters in a regulatory environment in an information-based environment. Based on the findings, future research directions were developed.

Research limitations/implications

The study encourages researchers to identify novel directions by combining these three concepts. The study developed a future research agenda regarding use of building information modelling (BIM) for existing buildings under novel technologies; analysis of secondary market demand and supply; and assessment of cost and safety management with quality in a BIM-enabled environment.

Practical implications

The practical implications include the application of sustainable management principles based on stakeholders and the regulatory environment.

Originality/value

Integration of the three concepts is an emerging area. This integration developed a robust approach to achieve QM in RLSC operations under a sound information flow enabling the optimisation of DWM.

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Citation

Jayasinghe, R.S., Chileshe, N. and Rameezdeen, R. (2019), "Information-based quality management in reverse logistics supply chain: A systematic literature review", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 2146-2187. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-08-2018-0238

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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