مدیریت زنجیره تامین پایدار (SSCM) در مالزی : مطالعه اجمالی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|843||2012||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 140, Issue 1, November 2012, Pages 330–340
As a developing country, Malaysia has moved from an agriculture-based economy to an industrialized economy in which manufacturing is considered to be the highest contributor towards environmental concerns. These concerns push firms into seriously considering the environmental impact while doing their business. The implementation of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) is a key enabler that could push organizations to focus on alleviating environmental issues, and providing economic and social benefits. This study investigates the extent of implementation of sustainable supply chain management practices (environmental purchasing and sustainable packaging). The study also examines the outcomes of these practices on sustainable supply chain performance. A survey via mail was carried out among 400 manufacturing firms in Malaysia. Factor analysis of the survey data resulted in four categories of outcomes (environmental, economic, social and operational). The study found that environmental purchasing has a positive effect on three categories of outcomes (economic, social and operational), whereas sustainable packaging has a positive effect on environmental, economic and social outcomes. The results have empirically proven that SSCM practices have a positive effect on sustainable supply chain performance, particularly from the economic and social perspective. Thus, firms need to collaborate in advocating sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) practices as a route for firm’s commercial success rather than as a moral obligation.
There is a rapidly increasing awareness in industry that today's supply chains are flawed. To date, many manufacturing companies create waste and pollution and are threatening the existence of life on earth. Consequently, these challenges and pressures push firms to seriously consider the environmental impact while doing their business. As the population of the world increases and resource availability decreases, companies are starting to realize that supply chains must be re-designed (Carter and Jennings, 2002). From the companies perspective, they must portray the environmentally friendly image of products, processes, systems and technologies, and the way business is conducted (Vachon and Klassen, 2006a). Recent developments in the world economic climate create uncertainty in the business environment, which creates the necessity for organizations to look at reconstructing and restructuring to enhance their strategy to sustain the business and profitability while remaining competitive in the marketplace. Additionally, organizations are facing increasing global community inquiries through media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) pertaining to the sustainability aspect of their development (Sarkis, 2001). According to Porter and Kramer (2006), companies are increasingly expected to extend their sustainability efforts beyond their own operations to include those of their suppliers and to meet their customer’s sustainability expectations. Forward thinking companies are already taking steps to develop sustainability within their supply chains. According to Carter and Jennings (2002), the supply chains need to be closed-looped, environmentally friendly and conserve and use as few resources as possible. Thus, many researchers claimed that the future of supply chain management is sustainability (Carter and Jennings, 2002, Carter and Jennings, 2004, Murphy and Poist, 2002 and Penfield, 2009). McKone-Sweet (2004) claimed that companies are under pressure to improve the social and environmental standards wherever they can exert their influence, for instance, at their suppliers and further along the supply chain. Most of these pressures focus on the outsourcing activities from large Western firms that source input from low cost manufacturers and service providers in developing countries by ignoring the social and environmental deteriorating issues with respect to supporting the short-term profitability of the organizations (Leenders et al., 2006). There are numerous definitions of the terms ‘Sustainable Supply Chain’ and ‘Supply Chain’. For example, Leenders et al., 2006 stated that the supply chain considers the interactions between a business and its customers and suppliers. They urged that a sustainable supply chain – the management of raw materials and services from suppliers to manufacturer/service provider to customer and back with improvement of the social and environmental impact – be explicitly considered. Although in the past supply chain management only focused on the efficient and responsive system of production and delivery from the raw material stage to the final consumer, currently, environmental issues in the supply chain are significantly growing, which is partly due to the wider debate on how industry meets the challenges of sustainability (Seitz and Wells, 2006). Pressure from various stakeholders present a great challenge for supply chain managers in integrating sustainable practices in managing their supply chains. A sustainable supply chain demands that practices like environmental friendly packaging, return of end-of-life and used products to the producer as well as the eco friendly handling of returns, recycling, remanufacturing and adequate waste disposal are enabled and are deemed to be important elements (Zhu et al., 2005). However, some of the key challenges in adopting the sustainable practices that are related to issues, such as price competition and responsiveness, are of prime importance making the adoption of sustainable practices a daunting task. Carter and Mol (2006) stated that Asia is heavily emphasizing sustainability despite the difference in views concerning corporate social responsibility and sustainability between Europe and Asia. In the context of Malaysia, Zailani et al. (2009) studied the key drivers of sustainable supply chain management. However, Eltayeb and Zailani (2009) researched the level of the adoption of a green supply chain among ISO 14001 certified manufacturing firms within Malaysia, whereas this paper is interested in determining the extent of the involvement of Malaysian companies in the sustainable supply chain. This paper will focus on the practices of a sustainable supply chain within an organization and their relationship with the performance of a sustainable supply chain. The body of this paper comprises five sections. This paper starts with this introductory section, which provides a general idea about the research topic and gaps of the study. Section 2 reviews the literature related to a sustainable supply chain, practices and performance for sustainable supply chain. Section 3 addresses the methodology and Section 4 discusses the findings from the data analysis. Finally, Section 5 relates the conclusions, implications and poses questions for future research, thereby fulfilling the purpose of the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Today, sustainability is receiving an increasing level of attention at both the local and global levels, which eventually leads to questions on how to integrate sustainability with business operations and strategy. Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) could be a good means to extend the responsibility of business organizations from being reactive in reducing pollution and waste and other sustainable related efforts, to proactively assuming full responsibility for their products from acquisition of raw materials to the final disposal of the products from a sustainability perspective. This paper examines sustainable supply chain management practices within manufacturing firms in Malaysia. The main contribution of the paper is its proof concerning the effects of the SSCM practices on the sustainable supply chain performance of the firm. Environmental purchasing and sustainable packaging were found to have a direct impact on the firm's performance outcome, especially on economic and social outcomes. This signals that SSCM practices can bring value to both the organizations and the external environment. SSCM practices will lead to a reduction in resources, material and waste, thereby enabling better resource utilization, and play a significant role in achieving the “triple bottom line” of social, environmental, and economic performance, and, thus, contributing to sustainable development of the country. In summary, the overall findings indicate that sustainable supply chain management practices represent an interesting area of research and practice, which requires further research to understand why firms adopt sustainable supply chain management practices in the first place. This study attempts to set a solid theoretical and empirical basis for this area of research. Thus, future studies are encouraged to make use of this study for further investigation of this interesting and important topic, namely, sustainable supply chains.