Supply chain collaboration for sustainability: A literature review and future research agenda

Lujie Chen (First Author), Xiande Zhao (Participant Author), Lydia J. Price (Participant Author), Wenwen Zhu (Participant Author), Ou Tang (Participant Author), Shanshan Zhang (Participant Author)

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New technology is altering business strategies and innovation capabilities while increasing the possibilities of production and process innovation. Supply chain collaboration undertaken for the sake of sustainability is currently speeding up this process of change; a growing pool of research is exploring the links between sustainability collaboration and company performance on economic, environmental, and social metrics. It is a good time to review the literature to reveal what has been studied and what are the gaps in the current body of knowledge, and also to comment on what the future research agenda should include. For these purposes, the authors conducted a systematic literature review and a quantitative bibliometric analysis. Results indicate that research about supply chain collaboration for the purpose of sustainability is gaining growing attention in the business field; however, environmental and economic considerations still dominate the research, while there is a lack of consideration about social concerns such as child labor and personal development. In addition, the collaboration partners under investigation have mainly been the company and its customers and suppliers, whereas competitors and other horizontal collaboration partners have received little attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-87
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue numberSI
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • Literature review
  • Supply chain collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Triangulation technique

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  • SSCI


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