Sustainable supply chain management

Swayam Sampurna Panigrahi (Department of Operations Management, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India)
Bikram Bahinipati (Department of Operations Management, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India)
Vipul Jain (School of Management, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Publication date: 5 August 2019



The business enterprises are increasingly focusing on buying and supplying of products and services in a manner to reduce the adverse impacts on the environment, society, and economy. In view of the above, the concept of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has received attention of the industry and academia due to its importance on environmental, social and corporate responsibility through economic performance. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


The structured literature review attempts to map the various theories in the SSCM literature from the perspectives of economic performance, environmental dimensions, and social values and ethics.


As supply management is vital for enhancing organizational competitiveness, the present work attempts to investigate the theoretical perspectives in SSCM to develop an understanding of the current research activities and future potentials.

Practical implications

This work aims to gain a number of valid insights for the practitioners and the researchers. It also focuses on the perspectives of governance mechanisms for successful implementation SSCM practices in the business enterprises.


As the theory building initiatives with implications on the conceptualization of SSCM is limited in literature, this work has also been able to identify the trends and relevant research gaps to define the potential areas for future research.



Swayam Sampurna Panigrahi, Bikram Bahinipati and Vipul Jain (2019) "Sustainable supply chain management", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 1001-1049

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