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Enablers, inhibitors and benefits for environmental supply-chain performance measurement

By Dr Sarah Shaw

Organisations face ever increasing pressure to deliver triple-bottom-line performance results in their supply chains. Yet despite the importance and complexity associated with environmental supply chain performance measurement (ESCPM), organisations struggle to achieve this. The purpose of the paper is to identify the important enablers, inhibitors and benefits to implementing ESCPM as a practice in firms. Data were collected from three focus groups and an industry survey of 388 UK supply chain professionals in a three-phase empirical study. Eighteen enablers, seventeen inhibitors and eleven benefits were identified and ranked in importance. A supply chain practice-based view was utilised as an overarching theoretical lens to conceptualise the study’s findings and propose nineteen antecedents, arranged in a hierarchical framework, to enable practitioners to make effective ESCPM decisions. This paper provides an up-to-date review of the factors which influence ESCPM practice, addressing the need for additional research in this area.

Access the full paper HERE (By Dr Sarah Shaw, Professor David Grant and Professor John Mangan)

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Dr Sarah Shaw is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Programme Director in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Hull University Business School, UK. Her research interests include green/sustainable logistics, closed- loop supply chains, performance measurement/reporting and agri-supply chains and food security. Her business experience includes positions held in a variety of senior supply chain management roles: operations, transport, reverse logistics and customer service management; she has also been instrumental in leading change on a number of transformational projects across the supply chain. She recently won the ‘Leader of the Year’ in the Women in Logistics Awards, 2017 UK, for her work within the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, aimed at encouraging young people to work in the logistics sector. She leads various multi-disciplinary research projects and has published in a variety of scientific journals.

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