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Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 859-870; doi:10.3390/su2040859
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Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research

1,2,*  and 3
1 Delft University of Technology, Postbus 5015, 2628 GA, Delft, The Netherlands 2 AfL-NHTV University of Applied Sciences, Postbus 3917, 4800 DX Breda, The Netherlands 3 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, P.O. Box 1738, 3000DR, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Received: 10 January 2010 / Revised: 2 February 2010 / Accepted: 25 February 2010 / Published: 25 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supply Chain Sustainability)
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Abstract

Research has pointed out opportunities and research agendas to integrate sustainability issues with supply chain and operations management. However, we find that it is still not mainstream practice to systematically take a sustainability approach in tackling supply chain and operations management issues. In this paper, we make use of behavioral theory to explain the current lack of integration. We conclude through abductive reasoning that the reasons for procrastinating integration of sustainability in supply chain and operations management research are the conflicting nature of the task and the inherent context, which is the focus on operations rather than environmental or social issues.
Keywords: abductive reasoning; supply chain management; sustainability; procrastination; behavioral theory abductive reasoning; supply chain management; sustainability; procrastination; behavioral theory
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De Brito, M.P.; Van der Laan, E.A. Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: Procrastinating Integration in Mainstream Research. Sustainability 2010, 2, 859-870.

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