The hidden side of sustainable operations and supply chain management: unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs and tensions

Matos, Stelvia V, Schleper, Martin C, Gold, Stefan and Hall, Jeremy K (2020) The hidden side of sustainable operations and supply chain management: unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs and tensions. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 40 (12). pp. 1749-1770. ISSN 0144-3577

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Abstract

Purpose
The research is based on a critically analyzed literature review focused on the unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs and tensions of sustainable operations and supply chain management (OSCM), including the articles selected for this special issue.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors introduce the key concepts, issues and theoretical foundations of this special issue on “The hidden side of sustainable operations and supply chain management (OSCM): Unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs and tensions”. The authors explore these issues within this context, and how they may hinder the authors' transition to more sustainable practices.

Findings
The authors present an overview of unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs, tensions and influencing factors from the literature, and identify how such problems may emerge. The model addresses these problems by highlighting the crucial effect of the underlying state of knowledge on sustainable OSCM decision-making.

Research limitations/implications
The authors limited the literature review to journals that ranked 2 and above as defined by the Chartered Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide. The main implication for research is a call to focus attention on unanticipated outcomes as a starting point rather than only an afterthought. For practitioners, good intentions such as sustainability initiatives need careful consideration for potential unanticipated outcomes.

Originality/value
The study provides the first critical review of unanticipated outcomes, trade-offs and tensions in the sustainable OSCM discourse. While the literature review (including papers in this special issue) significantly contributes toward describing these issues, it is still unclear how such problems emerge. The model developed in this paper addresses this gap by highlighting the crucial effect of the underlying state of knowledge concerned with sustainable OSCM decision-making.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sustainable supply chain management, Unanticipated outcomes, Trade-offs, Tensions, Literature review, Sustainability
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 08:49
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 08:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/103949

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