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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 595; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030595

Sustainable Global Sourcing: A Systematic Literature Review and Bibliometric Analysis

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School of Economics and Management, Minjiang University, Fuzhou 350108, China
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Business School, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TU, UK
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Faculty of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 12 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
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Abstract

Sustainable Global Sourcing (SGS) is a rapidly emerging field with a geometric growth that is evidenced by the number of articles published within this field. The aim of this paper is to develop a systematic study quantitatively depicting the knowledge structure of the SGS field. A bibliometric analysis in conjunction with citation analysis and co-citation analysis is adopted to evaluate a total of 287 journal articles identified from systematic selection of influential work. A further content analysis is performed to obtain the detailed insights on the results of bibliometric analysis. Findings show five research clusters that constitute the SGS field, i.e., (i) Global Sourcing (GS) practice and environmental performance; (ii) Social sustainability/ethical sourcing practice in GS; (iii) Environmental evaluation criteria and certification; (iv) Fuzzy modelling of environmental practice in GS; (v) Effects of environmental and social sustainability practice on economic performance. On this basis, eight research directions are outlined for future research. This study provides an innovative method for systematic literature review work and robust indications for future investigations in the SGS field. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable global sourcing; bibliometric analysis; citation analysis; co-citation analysis; content analysis; systematic literature review sustainable global sourcing; bibliometric analysis; citation analysis; co-citation analysis; content analysis; systematic literature review
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