Strategies for Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Supplier Interaction Devices

In a competitive business environment that requires strategy and innovation to improve the bottom line, supply chain management (scm) has been vital in creating competitive advantage. Increasingly, companies are also identifying sustainability as an opportunity to create competitive advantage. This project explores supply chains as a leverage point in advancing sustainable development. Corporations have developed different tools to interact with their suppliers on sustainability. Three of these devices were analyzed against a framework for strategic sustainable development to identify some of their strengths and weaknesses. A general set of criteria for sustainable supply chain management devices that employs a strategic, whole-systems perspective was then developed.


1 Introduction
1.1 Global Socio-Economic Unsustainability
1.2 A New Paradigm
1.3 Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development
1.3.1 The Five Level Framework
1.3.2 Sustainability Principles
1.3.3 Backcasting
1.3.4 ABCD Methodology
1.4 Supply Chain Management
1.5 What Is a Sustainable Supply Chain?
1.5.1 Types of SSCM Strategies
1.6 Importance of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
1.7 Purpose
1.8 Scope and Limitations
1.9 Research Questions
2 Methods
2.1 Literature review
2.1.1 Search Strategy
2.1.2 Resources Used
2.2 Interview Methodology
2.2.1 Supplier Interaction Device Analysis
2.2.2 Selection of Companies
2.2.3 SSCM Five Level Framework
2.2.4 SSCM Five Level Framework Analysis
2.3 SSCM Device Criteria Development
2.3.1 Criteria Identification
2.4 SSCM Communications Template
3 Results
3.1 Literature Review and Interview Results
3.2 SSCM Device Analysis Results
3.2.1 Hydro Polymers SSCM Interaction Device Analysis
3.2.2 McDonald‘s Sweden SSCM Interaction Device Analysis
3.2.3 HP SSCM Interaction Device Analysis
3.3 SSCM Device Criteria Results
3.3.2 Visionary Leadership
3.3.3 Non-reductionism
3.3.4 Strategic Approach
3.3.5 Consistency
3.3.6 Accountability
3.4 SSCM Communications Template Results
4 Discussion
4.1 From a sustainability perspective, what are some strengths and
weaknesses of three current supplier interaction devices?
4.1.1 Validity of SSCM Device Analysis
4.1.2 Reflecting on Hydro Polymers‘ SSCM Device
4.1.3 Reflecting on McDonald‘s Sweden‘s SSCM Device
4.1.4 Reflecting on HP‘s SSCM Device
4.2 What are some necessary criteria of a device intended to move suppliers toward sustainability?
4.2.1 Validity of Criteria
4.2.2 Visionary Leadership
4.2.3 Non-reductionism
4.2.4 Strategic Approach
4.2.5 Consistency
4.2.6 Accountability
4.3 How do, and how could, supplier interaction devices contribute to sustainable supply chain management?
4.3.1 Validity of SSCM Device Contributions
4.3.2 Contributions of Three SSCM Strategies
4.4 SSCM Communications Template
4.4.1 Role of Criteria in Template Development
5 Concluding Remarks….

Author: Shannon E. Fitzgerald, Estela Luck A., Anne L. Morgan

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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