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: an International Journal . ISSN 1359-8546 (Published online first) (doi:10.1108/SCM-12-2018-0448)

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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
Research Areas: A. > Business School
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 27756
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of the manuscript "Achieving sustainability in global sourcing: Towards a conceptual framework", published in the journal "Supply Chain Management: an International Journal" available via the journal site at: https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-12-2018-0448. This article is © Emerald Publishing Limited and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
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Depositing User: Yan Jiang
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 18:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27756

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