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Green supply chain management: Drivers, barriers and practices within the Brazilian automotive industry

Everton Drohomeretski (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and FAE University Center, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)
Sergio Gouvea da Costa (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and Federal University of Technology – Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)
Edson Pinheiro de Lima (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and Federal University of Technology – Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the main motivating factors and difficulties in implementing GSCM; and to describe and explain how GSCM is being adopted in the Brazilian automotive industry.

Design/methodology/approach

To meet the proposed objectives three case studies will be carried out in a Brazilian automotive industry, performing a total of 13 interviews, based on a research protocol. As the data collection instrument, a semi-structured interview was used based on a pre-established script, direct observation and documents from the organization researched. For the analysis of the results, the content analysis method was used, applying a triangle analysis to the research data with the patterns presented in the theoretical reference.

Findings

The paper orients the companies in the automotive sector to adopt GSCM practices and principally that internal actions of automakers can be transferred throughout the supply chain.

Practical implications

Contributes in a more practical so that companies evaluate the level of application of their GSCM practices such that they may take more corrective actions to increase the level of GSCM practices.

Originality/value

Proposition of one classification system to identify the level of adoption of GSCM practices.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was submitted to a special issue on ICPR Americas 2012, Guest Edited by Jose Ceroni.

The authors would like to thank CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel) for the financial support through the project Pro-Engineering.

Citation

Drohomeretski, E., Gouvea da Costa, S. and Pinheiro de Lima, E. (2014), "Green supply chain management: Drivers, barriers and practices within the Brazilian automotive industry", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25 No. 8, pp. 1105-1134. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-06-2014-0084

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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