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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 3838-3858; doi:10.3390/su7043838

The Impact of Integrated Practices of Lean, Green, and Social Management Systems on Firm Sustainability Performance—Evidence from Chinese Fashion Auto-Parts Suppliers

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Nottingham University Business School China, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100, China
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School of Economics, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100, China
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Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Nottingham University Business School, The University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK
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Academic Editors: Tsan-Ming Choi and Yongjian Li
Received: 25 September 2014 / Revised: 26 March 2015 / Accepted: 26 March 2015 / Published: 31 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Fashion Business Operations)
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Abstract

To better satisfy various stakeholders, firms are seeking integrated practices that can enhance their sustainability performance, also well known as the Triple Bottom Line (3BL). The fashion industry exhibits potential conflicts with the spirit of sustainability because of the waste created by high levels of demand uncertainty and the extant usage of resources in production. Literature suggests that selected stand-alone practices of lean, green, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management systems have a positive impact on firm sustainability performance. However, how the combination of selected practices from these three management systems impacts the 3BL remains unclear. Based on case studies, we build an integrated sustainable practices model incorporating the most popular lean, green, and social practices and develop propositions for future tests. Our framework suggests the implementation of integrated practices would have a stronger influence on 3BL performance than individual practice implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: lean; green; social; sustainability; Triple Bottom Line (3BL) lean; green; social; sustainability; Triple Bottom Line (3BL)
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Wu, L.; Subramanian, N.; Abdulrahman, M.D.; Liu, C.; Lai, K.-H.; Pawar, K.S. The Impact of Integrated Practices of Lean, Green, and Social Management Systems on Firm Sustainability Performance—Evidence from Chinese Fashion Auto-Parts Suppliers. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3838-3858.

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