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Shortage of sustainable supply chain talent: an industrial training framework

Rameshwar Dubey (Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Constituent of Symbiosis International University, CIDCO, New Nashik, India)
Angappa Gunasekaran (Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, USA)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 2 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to identify sustainable supply chain skill and propose a conceptual training framework for sustainable supply chain talent.


The authors have used exhaustive literature review of extant literature published in academic journals, reputable reports, trade magazines, books and monographs. The authors further consulted leading experts from reputable bodies to further finalize the sustainable supply chain skills matrix and check the content validity of the constructs of our proposed conceptual framework.


The sustainable supply chain skill matrix has been identified and a conceptual framework has been proposed. The authors further outlined the future research directions.

Research limitations/implications

This is a conceptual paper based on the literature review and analysis. This offers opportunities for empirical research.

Practical implications

This paper will alert companies to focus on developing talents that would help to achieve sustainable supply chain.

Social implications

Better talents lead to better support for sustainable supply chains.


The present study is unique in terms of scope and its contribution to theory of supply chain management and operations management and human resource management practice. The study has identified the sustainable supply chain skill matrix and proposed a conceptual training framework for sustainable supply chain talent.



Dubey, R. and Gunasekaran, A. (2015), "Shortage of sustainable supply chain talent: an industrial training framework", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 47 No. 2, pp. 86-94.



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