Green supply chain management: A review and bibliometric analysis

Behnam Fahimnia*, Joseph Sarkis, Hoda Davarzani

*Corresponding author for this work

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The emergent field of green supply chain management has been rapidly evolving with a geometric growth in the number of academic publications in this field. A number of literature reviews have been published focusing on specific aspects of green supply chain management such as performance measurement, supplier selection/evaluation, analytical modeling efforts, and some others with broader areas of focus. This paper presents a thorough bibliometric and network analysis that provides insights not previously fully grasped or evaluated by other reviews on this topic. The analysis begins by identifying over 1000 published studies, which are then distilled down to works of proven influence and those authored by influential investigators. Using rigorous bibliometric tools, established and emergent research clusters are identified for topological analysis, identification of key research topics, interrelations, and collaboration patterns. This systematic mapping of the field helps graphically illustrate the publications evolution over time and identify areas of current research interests and potential directions for future research. The findings provide a robust roadmap for further investigation in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue numberApril
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 01.04.2015
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Green supply chain
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Bibliometrics
  • Literature review
  • Network analysis


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