1st Edition

Green Supply Chain Management A Concise Introduction

By Joseph Sarkis, Yijie Dou Copyright 2018
    188 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book gives students a thorough overview of the environmental issues that impact the supply chain and details strategic methods of addressing the political, social, technological, market, and economic concerns that have caused organizations to reconsider their impact. Readers will learn how to integrate the fields of operations management, procurement and purchasing, logistics, and marketing into a successful green supply chain, looking outward to form sustainable partnerships rather than focusing their efforts within the company.

    Each chapter describes a function or dimension of green supply chains, supplemented with short vignettes to ground the theory in practice. The authors examine various industries, including electronics, food products, and manufacturing, and draw on case studies from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, allowing students to compare and contrast domestic and international practices. Blending industry insights with the latest academic thinking, they also consider hot button topics like global–local relationships, the role of third parties, green multitier supplier management, and blockchain technology management. Conclusive chapter summaries and plenty of visual aids help readers retain the information they need to improve environmental performance within, and beyond their organizations.

    Green Supply Chain Management is an excellent introduction to the topic for students and practitioners of supply chain management and environmental sustainability.

    1. Basic Concepts of Green Supply Chain Management

    2. Eco-Design and Supplier Relationships

    3. Green Procurement and Purchasing

    4. Green Supplier Development and Collaboration

    5. Green Logistics and Transportation

    6. Closing the Loop – Reverse Logistics and a Circular Economy

    7. Global and Local Relationships

    8. Green Multi-tier Supplier Management


    Joseph Sarkis is Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States.

    Yijie Dou is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Industrial and Business Organization at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China.

    "This is one of very few books putting environmental concerns at the heart of supply chain management. It covers all related aspects from eco-design and supplier selection to reverse logistics and global relationships. It is a welcome addition to the existing management literature."

    Stefan Seuring, University of Kassel, Germany

    "Sarkis is a pioneer and leading scholar in the area of sustainable supply chain management. He and Dou apply their extensive global knowledge to create this comprehensive book that links key processes and functions in supply chain management."

    Lisa M. Ellram, Miami University, USA

    "Green Supply Chain Management provides a detailed hands-on introduction to greening the supply chain. The focus on why and how to improve a supply chain’s environmental performance will provide a strong foundation for both the experienced and future managers looking for ways to address the growing pressure to be green." 

    Mark Pagell, University College Dublin, UK