Achieving sustainability in global sourcing: towards a conceptual framework

Jiang, Yan, Jia, Fu, Blome, Constantin and Chen, Lujie (2019) Achieving sustainability in global sourcing: towards a conceptual framework. Supply Chain Management. pp. 1-27. ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to set out the development, based on the extant literature, an integrated conceptual framework for the emergent field of sustainable global sourcing (GS) that synthesizes its antecedents, GS practices and sustainable performance.
Design/methodology/approach
Conceptual theory building combined with content analysis is used to develop a framework and propositions representing a middle-range theory of sustainable GS. A literature review of the 89 most influential papers is followed by a further discussion based on the resource orchestration perspective (ROP) to advance an integrated conceptual framework.
Findings
Three main themes are identified from the literature as antecedents, GS practices and sustainable performance, with each theme being detailed in a variety of constructs. Based on the ROP, the relationships between these constructs are revealed, and therefore, an integrated conceptual framework is advanced via three sets of propositions in recourse orchestration breadth, recourse orchestration depth and resource orchestration evolution, respectively. Eight directions for future research are further proposed.
Originality/value
First, this study provides a comprehensive framework for future study in the emergent field of sustainable GS. Second, the authors contribute to theory development by proposing a ROP to explore the GS practices towards sustainability. Third, the future research directions we proposed can benefit scholars interested in the overlapping areas of GS and sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 10:12
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 13:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85529

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