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The complementarity of green supply chain management practices and the impact on environmental performance

Al-Sheyadi, Anwar; Muyldermans, Luc; Kauppi, Katri

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Anwar Al-Sheyadi

Katri Kauppi



Abstract

Although the importance of integrating different Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) activities has been highlighted in the literature, the potential interdependencies between these practices and their performance impacts have not been investigated. The purpose of this study is to examine the collective impact of internal and external GSCM practices on two aspects of environmental performance: environmental impact and environmental cost savings. GSCM is proposed as a collective competency, combining four distinct, but interrelated, sets of practices: environmental management systems, eco design, source reduction and external environmental practices. Using survey data from 138 Omani manufacturing firms and Structural Equation Modelling, we find strong empirical support for the complementarity of GSCM practices. We find a strong positive relationship between the level of collective GSCM competency and the environmental impact achieved. Our findings support the belief that complementarities between GSCM practices lead to better performance. Managers should therefore focus on implementing bundles of GSCM practices rather than searching for individual best practices. We find an indirect, mediated influence on environmental cost savings, which is consistent with previous results in other emerging market contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2019
Online Publication Date May 3, 2019
Publication Date Jul 15, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 4, 2020
Journal Journal of Environmental Management
Print ISSN 0301-4797
Electronic ISSN 1095-8630
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 242
Pages 186-198
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.078
Keywords Green Supply Chain Management; Structural Equation Modelling; Complementarity Theory; Environmental Performance; Survey Research 2
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1849323
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479719305456
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: The complementarity of green supply chain management practices and the impact on environmental performance; Journal Title: Journal of Environmental Management; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.078; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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