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A Study of Barriers to Greening the Relief Supply Chain

A Study of Barriers to Greening the Relief Supply Chain
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Author(s): Joseph Sarkis (Clark University, USA), Karen M. Spens (HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Finland) and Gyöngyi Kovács (HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Finland)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 11
Source title: Supply Chain Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2625-6.ch083

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Abstract

Relief supply chain (SC) management is a relatively unexplored field. In this field, practitioners have shown some interest in greening practices, but little practical or academic literature exists to help provide insights into combining the two fields. Adoption of green SC principles in the relief SC requires a systematic study of existing barriers in order to remove these barriers and allow introduction of green practices. The aim of this chapter is to explore barriers to implementation of green practices in the relief SC. Expert opinions and literature from humanitarian logistics and green supply chain management are used to establish a list of barriers and to propose a categorization of barriers. Further research to evaluate the relationships and importance of these barrier factors is identified.

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