Title

Purchasing and supply management sustainability: Drivers and barriers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2012

Subject Area

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Abstract

While sustainability has garnered a great deal of attention in the popular press, it is not well defined, and little is known about the actual drivers and barriers to adopting environmentally sustainable practices within organizations. This is particularly true with regard to implementation in the purchasing and supply management (P/SM) function. This study reviews the sustainability literature and defines supply management sustainability (SSM) and its components. Additionally, a multi-method approach was utilized consisting of an extensive review of the sustainability literature, a multi-stage Delphi analysis with a panel of twenty-one P/SM executives, and interviews with nineteen additional P/SM executives. The purpose of this study was to identify the drivers and barriers currently facing P/SM sustainability implementation efforts. The results indicated that top management initiatives and government regulations currently drive P/SM sustainability efforts while investments in sustainability and economic uncertainty are a hindrance to these programs. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Title

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

Volume

18

Issue

4

First Page

258

Last Page

269

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.pursup.2012.06.003

ISSN

14784092

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