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Analyzing the barriers to sustainable procurement in an emerging economy: an interpretive structural modeling approach

Abdul Rehman Shaikh (Department of Business Administration, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Asad Qazi (Department of Business Administration, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Imran Ali (School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University–Melbourne Campus, Melbourne, Australia)
Andrea Appolloni (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy) (Cranfield University, Bedford, UK)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 28 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify, using a literature review and expert panel input, what impedes organizations from implementing sustainable procurement, particularly in an emerging economy context.

Design/methodology/approach

The extant literature review was carried out to explore and identify the barriers to sustainable procurement. Using interpretive structural modeling (ISM), the authors established a contextual relationship among the 22 identified barriers. These barriers are then classified into different categories, using the matrice d’impacts cross-multiplication appliqúe an classment (MICMAC) technique, based on their driving and dependence power.

Findings

The findings improve our understanding of the critical barriers and their direct and indirect effect on each other in obstructing sustainable procurement practices. The study is the first of its kind in identifying the barriers to sustainable procurement and developing a hierarchical relationship among barriers using an integrated ISM–MICMAC methodology based on data from an emerging economy (Pakistan). With a focus on sustainable practices, this study also responds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Practical implications

The results of the hierarchical model help understand which barriers are the most crucial to be fixed immediately (i.e. absence of environmental laws and lack of consumer pressure) and how different barriers could influence each other, specifically in emerging economies. The practitioners can use the findings to make more informed decisions to mitigate the crucial barriers that could impede their goals of sustainable procurement.

Originality/value

The study is the first of its kind to identify the barriers to sustainable procurement and develop a contextual relation and hierarchical framework in the Pakistani context.

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Citation

Shaikh, A.R., Qazi, A., Ali, I. and Appolloni, A. (2023), "Analyzing the barriers to sustainable procurement in an emerging economy: an interpretive structural modeling approach", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-07-2022-1082

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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