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Stakeholder pressure in sustainable supply chain management: A systematic review

Mary J Meixell (Department of Management, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, USA)
Patrice Luoma (Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to summarize and analyze what is known regarding the ways in which stakeholder pressure may influence supply chain sustainability. The authors extend this understanding to develop a number of research questions and propositions for future investigation on this topic.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a systematic review process to study the empirical evidence pertaining to how a stakeholder perspective helps to understand sustainability in the supply chain management domain.

Findings

The review has three main findings: stakeholder pressure on sustainability in supply chain management may result in sustainability awareness, adoption of sustainability goals, and/or implementation of sustainability practices; different types of stakeholders have dissimilar influence in the sustainable supply chain decision areas; different stakeholders appears to be more or less influential depending on whether the sustainability issue is environmental or social.

Originality/value

This synthesis contributes to the literature by developing insight into the processes by which stakeholder pressure influences SSCM decisions.

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Citation

Meixell, M.J. and Luoma, P. (2015), "Stakeholder pressure in sustainable supply chain management: A systematic review", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 45 No. 1/2, pp. 69-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-05-2013-0155

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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