Green product deletion decisions: An integrated sustainable production and consumption approach

Chunguang Bai, Purvi Shah, Qingyun Zhu*, Joseph Sarkis

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify how organizations can evaluate the green product deletion decision within an environmentally sustainable consumption and production environment through a hybrid multistage multiple criteria evaluation approach.

Design/methodology/approach - This paper proposes a decision-making model by integrating "soft computation" using neighborhood rough set theory, fuzzy cluster means, and cumulative prospect theory. Literature is used to identify various factors for the decision environment. An illustrative problem provides insights into the methodology and application.

Findings - The results indicate that green products can be evaluated from both their relative environmental burdens and benefits. Sustainable consumption and production factors that play a role in this multifactor decision are identified. The results show that a comprehensive evaluation can capture an effective overall picture on which green product(s) to delete. Research limitations/implications - The opaqueness of the proposed methodology may cause less acceptance by management. The methodology made a number of assumptions related to the data. An actual application of the tool rather than just an illustrative example is needed.

Originality/value - The main contribution of this study is the novel integration of supply chain perspectives, both upstream (supply and production) and downstream (demand/usage), with green product deletion decision making. The hybrid multistage technique has advantages of being able to incorporate many factors that have a variety of quantitative and qualitative characteristics to help managers address green product deletion issues as well as its impact on greening of supply chains and organizational environmental sustainability. This paper adds value to product deletion, supply chain management, and sustainable production and consumption literatures.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)349-389
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Sustainability
  • Supply chain management
  • Cumulative prospect theory
  • Fuzzy cluster means (FCM)
  • Green product deletion
  • Rough set theory (RST)


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