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Sustainability 2016, 8(6), 503; doi:10.3390/su8060503

Sustainable Supply Chain Capabilities: Accumulation, Strategic Types and Performance

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School of Business, Hoseo University, Hoseodae-gil 12, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31066, Korea
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College of International Studies, Dankook University, Jukjeon-ro 152, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 16890, Korea
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College of Business Administration, Chonnam National University, Yongbong-ro 77, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61186, Korea
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 26 January 2016 / Revised: 16 May 2016 / Accepted: 20 May 2016 / Published: 24 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

This paper explores the cumulative sustainable supply chain (SC) capabilities and their effects on supply chain performance, including economic, environmental, and social performance. Using empirical analyses with data from 198 small- and medium-sized suppliers in Korea, this paper provides evidence about the cumulative sustainable SC capabilities, indicating that economic, social, and environmental capabilities in the supply chain mutually reinforce each other rather than traded off. This study also presents the positive effect of cumulative sustainable SC capabilities on supply chain sustainability performance. This paper identifies four distinctive groups of cumulative capabilities: the laggard, environmental-focused, social-cautious, and all-round. This study provides a better understanding about sustainable capabilities and important guidelines for managers of suppliers and buyers who wish to build strong social/environmental management capabilities without compromising economic capability throughout the entire supply chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable supply chain capability; triple bottom line; cumulative capabilities; sustainability performance; supply chain management; empirical study sustainable supply chain capability; triple bottom line; cumulative capabilities; sustainability performance; supply chain management; empirical study
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Lee, J.S.; Kim, S.K.; Lee, S.-Y. Sustainable Supply Chain Capabilities: Accumulation, Strategic Types and Performance. Sustainability 2016, 8, 503.

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