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Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Small and Medium Enterprises

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The Management Faculty, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej 19B, 42-201 Częstochowa, Poland
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Faculty of Economic Sciences and IT, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, P.O. Box 1174, Vanderbijlpark 1900, South Africa
Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1143; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041143
Received: 17 February 2018 / Revised: 5 April 2018 / Accepted: 6 April 2018 / Published: 11 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alliances and Network Organizations for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The sector of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) plays a key role in the economies of all of the countries in the world. These entities constitute the basis for the development of the national and global economies. In a contemporary complex and competitive business environment, the adaptation of appropriate strategies is a particularly important effort to furthering the development of companies from the SMEs sector. In this context, the application of the concept of sustainable supply chain management (SCM) in the operation strategy of SMEs seems to be a very important function. This supply chain also covers all three aspects of sustainable development: business, environmental, and social. The purpose of this article is to present the current state of the research in sustainable development in relation to managing the supply chain of SMEs, as well as the empirical findings in this area. The results found that all of the sustainability areas were very important in the supply chain management practices of the studied SMEs, despite the imbalance described in the literature. The study also presents the most important elements in the particular sustainability areas of SCM and SMEs. View Full-Text
Keywords: small and medium enterprises; supply chain; sustainability small and medium enterprises; supply chain; sustainability
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