Factors for implementing end-of-life product reverse logistics in the Chinese manufacturing sector

Subramanian, Nachiappan, Gunasekaran, Angappa, Abdulrahman, Muhammad and Liu, Chang (2014) Factors for implementing end-of-life product reverse logistics in the Chinese manufacturing sector. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 21 (3). pp. 235-245. ISSN 1350-4509

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Abstract

Dedicated, skilled and relatively cheap manpower coupled with efficient manufacturing techniques has elevated China’s status as the world’s factory. China is now capable of producing virtually any product, from cheap toys to some of the most sophisticated goods and equipment. The resultant economic benefits and associated enormous consumption due to rise in per capita income are accompanied by an equally unprecedented negative environmental impact arising from the huge increase of end-of-life (EoL) products. This study aims to understand and prioritise EoL product reverse logistics (RL) factors from Chinese manufacturing sector perspective. Multiple case studies in five different industries within the manufacturing sector have been carried out and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has been employed to prioritise the governing factors for the successful RL implementation in the Chinese manufacturing sector. Results indicate that Chinese firms are unlikely to embark on RL operations without external factors such as strict government legislation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reverse logistics, End-of-life products, Manufacturing sector, AHP, China
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 12:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 12:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65749
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