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Analysing the interactions of sustainability practices and financial performance on business-to-business buying behaviour in Indian manufacturing industry: a graph-theoretic approach

Mohit Saxena (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India)
Nitin Seth (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India)

Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

ISSN: 2398-5364

Article publication date: 8 March 2022

Issue publication date: 7 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to develop a framework for the action hierarchy of sustainability practices and financial performance and their optimal combination for supplier evaluation and selection in business-to-business (B2B) for the Indian manufacturing industry.

Design/methodology/approach

Through the extensive literature review followed by comprehensive interviews conducted using the Delphi methodology with professionals, this study attempts to represent the interactions of the sustainability practices and financial performance factors on B2B buying behaviour using a graph-theoretic approach.

Findings

The contribution of environmental, social, economic and financial performance to B2B buying behaviour is obtained quantitatively in the context of the Indian manufacturing industry.

Research limitations/implications

This study considers inputs from the Indian manufacturing industry, which may vary significantly based on the type of industry and geographical locations.

Practical implications

This study provides a direction to prioritize their supplier evaluation and selection criteria for sustainability practices and financial performance with quantifiable rationale.

Originality/value

The study seeks to encourage manufacturing industries to plan their actions by quantifying the intangibles through a systematic approach.

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Citation

Saxena, M. and Seth, N. (2023), "Analysing the interactions of sustainability practices and financial performance on business-to-business buying behaviour in Indian manufacturing industry: a graph-theoretic approach", Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 90-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-03-2021-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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