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Special Issue "Toward Sustainability: Supply Chain Collaboration and Governance"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chwen Sheu

College of Business, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Interests: sustainability; supply chain governance; supply chain relationship; supply chain analytics; innovation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fei Ye

School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
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Interests: sustainability; supply chain coordination; supply chain optimization; service operations
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yuyin Yi

School of Management, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
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Interests: green supply chain; sustainability; closed-loop supply chain with product remanufacturing; low-carbon supply chain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In practice, manufacturing sustainability is achieved through communication, coordination, and cooperation from the entire supply chain. Different terms have been used to describe the efforts of an extended supply chain, such as sustainable supply chain or green supply chain. Firms have gradually recognized the need for linking boundary-spanning activities (product stewardship, reverse logistics, collaborative planning) with supply chain partners, to address economic, environmental and social issues. The scholarly and managerial literature has offered constructive suggestions for developing and implementing supply chain management to improve operational and financial performance. What is less clear and requires more research is: What can firms do, and how, to improve environmental and social performance within their supply chains?

This Special Issue aims at contributing to the sustainability literature by answering this research question. In particular, we are interested in manuscripts that focus on the development, management, and governance of inter-organizational collaborative programs aimed at achieving the goals of sustainability. Covered topics include, but are not limited to, the effectiveness of various collaborative activities (e.g., supplier investment/training, co-process/product innovations, performance incentives), the effectiveness of control/governance mechanisms (contract, relationship) adopted to guide and monitor sustainable supply chain collaboration, the cross-country/culture comparison of sustainable supply chain collaboration and governance, the effects of organizational culture on sustainability collaboration and governance, the contingency factors of implementing sustainability collaboration and governance, etc.

Manuscripts that present novel discussion on recent developments, applications, and methodologies in the relevant areas are invited. Preference will be given to those studies that investigate multiple-tier, extending beyond dyadic, supply chain  and global sustainability collaboration and governance.

Prof. Dr. Chwen Sheu
Prof. Dr. Fei Ye
Prof. Dr. Yuyin Yi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Supply chain governance
  • Supply chain collaboration
  • Supplier management
  • Green supply chain
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Triple bottom line

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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