Modeling green supply chain coordination: current research and future prospects

Chetna Chauhan (Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, Rohtak, India)
Amol Singh (Department of Operations Management, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, Rohtak, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Publication date: 29 November 2018



With rising environmental concerns, recent years have witnessed a significant surge of academic and corporate interest in green supply chain coordination (GSCC). This is evident from the rise in channel coordination literature focused toward the elimination of sub-optimal in the green supply chain (GSC). This paper seeks to summarize the model-based research on coordination in GSCs with the help of a framework developed specifically for this paper. The purpose of this paper is to present an in-depth analysis of the widely used models in the area.


A review of literature is presented in this paper to examine the underlying concepts peculiar to GSCC. A classification framework is developed to present an exhaustive survey of commonly used concepts.


Around 90 percent of the papers on GSCC come from game theory (GT) application, which explicitly utilizes coordination through contracts. The review concludes prospective area of research in GSCC. The study posits that there exists a potential of creating a more rational and efficient coordination strategies to improve GSC’s operational performance, with the view of the optimum distribution of resources and better environmental management.


To the best of authors’ knowledge, this is the first state-of-the-art review of GSCC literature focused primarily on mathematical model-based literature. This review identifies various methodological and content-oriented characteristics of GSCC. The paper also opens avenues of future research.



Chauhan, C. and Singh, A. (2018), "Modeling green supply chain coordination: current research and future prospects", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 25 No. 9, pp. 3767-3788.

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