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Can circular healthcare economy be achieved through implementation of sustainable healthcare supply chain practices? Empirical evidence from Indian healthcare sector

Amit Vishwakarma (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India)
G.S. Dangayach (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India)
M.L. Meena (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India)
Sumit Gupta (Department of Mechanical Engineering, ASET, Amity University, Noida, India)
Deepika Joshi (Department of Supply Chain and Operations Management, St. Joseph’s Institute of Management, Bangalore, India)
Sandeep Jagtap (Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

ISSN: 2398-5364

Article publication date: 8 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Idea of circular economy defies the classical “make-use-dispose” approach of linear economic model. In the context of health-care industry, it relies heavily on the supply chain practices implemented by industry stakeholders. The purpose of this study is to explore such relationships, study their structure and put it across for attaining sustainability at large.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is an empirical research conducted on 145 health-care firms. The collected data is analysed to develop structural and measurement model. The five constructed hypotheses are examined and tested through structural equation modelling.

Findings

The study illustrates the latent relationships that exist among the stakeholders involvement, sustainable supply chain practices, sustainable performance and circular economy for health-care industry. It is found that the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices improves health-care performance, which, in turn, have positive influence on circular economy.

Research limitations/implications

The structural and measurement model is developed in the context of circular health-care economy. It can be validated or improvised by conducting similar research in other industry using different methods. This research work fulfils the long existing gap in research by offering a linkage between various constructs to achieve health-care circular economy. Based on the research results, future researchers can build theories of circular economy and sustainability for health-care industry.

Originality/value

The study attempts to study the supply chain ways to achieve circular economy for Indian health-care sector. It considered latent relationships among the set of constructs, which are needed for theory building at later stage.

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Citation

Vishwakarma, A., Dangayach, G.S., Meena, M.L., Gupta, S., Joshi, D. and Jagtap, S. (2022), "Can circular healthcare economy be achieved through implementation of sustainable healthcare supply chain practices? Empirical evidence from Indian healthcare sector", Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-07-2022-0084

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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