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Building bridges: towards alternative theory of sustainable supply chain management

Matthews, Lee, Power, Damien, Touboulic, Anne and Marques, Leonardo 2015. Building bridges: towards alternative theory of sustainable supply chain management. Journal of Supply Chain Management 52 (1) , pp. 82-94. 10.1111/jscm.12097

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We contend that the development of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) theory has been impaired by a lack of paradigmatic diversity in the field. The contested nature of the concept of sustainability has been repressed in SSCM theory, which has led to SSCM cutting itself off from debates that could be the source of inspiration for the development of interesting theory. We adopt the problematization approach proposed by Alvesson and Sandberg (2011) in order to unveil some of SSCM’s unquestioned assumptions, propose an alternative assumption ground and in this way move towards stronger theory in SSCM. We use paradoxical framing to make sense of the inherent tensions between the different levels of sustainability, and between the different types of theory being produced in response to the challenges of sustainability. We articulate a number of foundational assumptions for an alternative theory of SSCM that emerge from the various tensions identified between the different paradigms of sustainability. Finally, we identify a number of ideas for future research that would enable researchers to empirically explore the alternative assumptions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Additional Information: Article first published online: 28 DEC 2015 Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 10/03/2016)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1523-2409
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: October 2015
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 09:55

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