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Paving the way for the circular economy and more sustainable supply chains: Shedding light on formal and informal governance instruments used to induce green networks

Mara Cristina Cardoso de Oliveira (PPGA, Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil)
Marcio Cardoso Machado (PPGA, Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil) (Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)
Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour (Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France)
Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour (Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Circular economy is an emerging concept which requires insights from a variety of disciplines, especially from sustainable operations management. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to verify how formal and informal instruments of governance influence the induction of green practices in a green network located in Brazil, with implications for the circular economy.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a review of the supply chain (SC), green supply chain management, and governance literature, proposals are made regarding the influence of governance instruments in inducing green practices. To investigate these propositions, a qualitative research was conducted using a single exemplary case study of a cosmetics supply network.

Findings

The authors present original research findings which have both expected and unexpected implications for the circular economy, due to the fact that the data analysis showed that the formal (contracts and environmental norms) and informal (trust and cooperation) instruments of governance positively influence the induction of green practices within the supply network.

Originality/value

This study contributes to supply network and governance theory by providing insights for better understanding of how governance instruments can induce green practices in a supply network, and it provides practical implications for SC managers, by showing the importance of considering different governance instruments. Implications for the circular economy are made.

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Citation

Cardoso de Oliveira, M.C., Machado, M.C., Chiappetta Jabbour, C.J. and Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, A.B. (2019), "Paving the way for the circular economy and more sustainable supply chains: Shedding light on formal and informal governance instruments used to induce green networks", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 1095-1113. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-01-2019-0005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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