Construction and evaluation of a green supply chain

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Construction and evaluation of a green supply chain

 

Author: Ip, Yan-keung Kenneth
Title: Construction and evaluation of a green supply chain
Degree: D.B.A.
Year: 2001
Subject: Business logistics
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Management
Pages: v, 161 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1604153
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2334
Abstract: Supply chain management has been proved as a method for organizations to have an effective and efficient operation, thus can make them more competitive while reducing costs. Cooperation is an essential element between trading partners in a supply chain management. Through cooperation, upstream suppliers and downstream manufacturers can share in information, cost reduction and benefit enhancing. However, most studies on traditional supply chain management fail to consider environmental concerns. Recently the environmental issues in supply chain management have gradually received both academic and industrial recognition. There is an increasing trend to use environmental issues as a way of putting pressure on organizations to conform to governmental or customer desires. There are arguments that the goals of supply chain management and environmental management are in conflict. The problem has not yet been well studied. The main objective of having a good supply chain management is to give companies a more efficient and effective operation, while being more cost competitive. On the other hand, the objective of a green or environmentally friendly management system is to keep the environment good for living, which usually involves a large amount of cost. The implementation and maintenance of an environmental management system may involve added costs. It seems that there are two conflicting goals for companies that have a supply chain management system and a green management system. The first conflict is cost. The second is that there is no framework to inform people exactly what the relationship between the two management systems should be. This research shows that a new green supply chain model is not a simple combination of the two management systems but an entirely new one. This is a pioneer research integrating environmental consideration with supply chain management. The contributions of this research are to comprehensively discuss the concept and models of green supply chain management, to analyze the operational cost structure involved in green supply chain management, to identify the key factors affecting green supply chain by employing the Delphi technique and to construct sub-models to be used in green supply chain management. Another contribution is that the research has actually implemented green supply chain management and discussed other issues during the implementation. It has shown that supply chain management and environmental management systems are not in conflict but will actually compliment each other. It has also shown the benefits of a green supply chain model.

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