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World class sustainable supply chain management: critical review and further research directions

Rameshwar Dubey (Department of Operations Management, Symbiosis International University, Nashik, India)
Angappa Gunasekaran (Department of Decision and Information Sciences, Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA)
Stephen J. Childe (Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK)
Thanos Papadopoulos (Kent Business School, University of Kent, Chatham, UK)
Samuel Fosso Wamba (Department of Information Systems, Supply Chain and Decisions, NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has attracted considerable interest among academics and practitioners. The purpose of this paper is to present a critical review of the literature, to identify missing links, to argue for the use of world class SSCM (WCSSCM) through a framework, and suggest further research directions.


In the paper the authors have undertaken an extensive review of literature and classified articles using a novel classification scheme.


Through the extensive review and identification of research gaps, the paper identifies significant differences between definitions and methodologies in the SSCM literature; and argues for “WCSSCM.” This term is elaborated on via a theoretical framework in which 18 dimensions are classified under six constructs of SSCM. Furthermore, a list of potential research directions for WCSSCM is discussed.

Research limitations/implications

The research is an attempt to critically review literature, argue for WCSSCM, and develop a theoretical framework.


The paper offers a new approach to SSCM literature, arguing for WCSSCM through a framework, and providing further research directions.



Dubey, R., Gunasekaran, A., Childe, S.J., Papadopoulos, T. and Fosso Wamba, S. (2017), "World class sustainable supply chain management: critical review and further research directions", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 332-362.



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