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Antecedents of digital supply chains for a circular economy: a sustainability perspective

Ashish Dwivedi (Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Priyabrata Chowdhury (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Dindayal Agrawal (SOIL School of Business Design, Gurugram, India)
Sanjoy Kumar Paul (UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Yangyan Shi (Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 11 April 2023

Issue publication date: 29 May 2023




A digital supply chain (DSC) positively enhances circular economy (CE) practices. However, what factors and conditions lead to the implementation of DSC for transitioning toward CE is not yet clear. Therefore, this study aims at identifying and subsequently analyzing the antecedents of DSC for CE.


The study identifies major antecedents of DSC for CE to achieve sustainability objectives through literature review and expert opinions. In this study, 19 potential antecedents of DSCs for CE are established from the literature and suggestions from industry professionals. A trapezoidal fuzzy Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) approach is applied quantitatively to investigate the antecedents identified.


Conducted in the context of Indian automobile manufacturing industry, the findings of the study reflect that advanced information sharing arrangement, effective government policies for DSC and CE implementation and digitalizing the supply chains are the top three potential antecedents of DSC for a CE.


In the existing literature, few studies are specific to investigating the DSC and CE paradigm. The present study will help organizations develop a practical and integrated strategic approach that will foster DSC through improved knowledge of CE.



Dwivedi, A., Chowdhury, P., Agrawal, D., Paul, S.K. and Shi, Y. (2023), "Antecedents of digital supply chains for a circular economy: a sustainability perspective", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 123 No. 6, pp. 1690-1716.



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