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Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices and Sustainable Performance in Hospitals: A Systematic Review and Integrative Framework

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Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales 170003, Colombia
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Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín 050010, Colombia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 5949; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11215949
Received: 27 September 2019 / Revised: 19 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 25 October 2019
Hospital supply chains are responsible for several economic inefficiencies, negative environmental impacts, and social concerns. However, a lack of research on sustainable supply chain management specific to this sector is identified. Existing studies do not analyze supply chain management practices in an integrated and detailed manner, and do not consider all sustainable performance dimensions. To address these gaps, this paper presents a systematic literature review and develops a framework for identifying the supply chain management practices that may contribute to sustainable performance in hospitals. The proposed framework is composed of 12 categories of management practices, which include strategic management and leadership, supplier management, purchasing, warehousing and inventory, transportation and distribution, information and technology, energy, water, food, hospital design, waste, and customer relationship management. On the other side, performance categories include economic, environmental, and social factors. Moreover, illustrative effects of practices on performance are discussed. The novelty of this document lies in its focus on hospital settings, as well as on its comprehensiveness regarding the operationalization of practices and performance dimensions. In addition, a future research agenda is provided, which emphasizes the need for improved research generalizability, empirical validation, integrative addressing, and deeper analysis of relationships between practices and performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain management; hospital supply chain; sustainable supply chain; hospital logistics; hospital sustainability; healthcare logistics; sustainable hospital management supply chain management; hospital supply chain; sustainable supply chain; hospital logistics; hospital sustainability; healthcare logistics; sustainable hospital management
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Duque-Uribe, V.; Sarache, W.; Gutiérrez, E.V. Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices and Sustainable Performance in Hospitals: A Systematic Review and Integrative Framework. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5949.

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