Greening versus resilience: A supply chain design perspective

Behnam Fahimnia*, Armin Jabbarzadeh, Joseph Sarkis

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

92 Citations (Scopus)


This paper investigates the extent to which supply chain greening and buttressing (building robustness) strategies are supportive or conflicting. A supply chain design model is introduced which uses an environmental performance scoring approach and a robustness measure to explore the relationship between greening and buttressing. Potential tradeoffs to develop robustly green and greenly robust supply chains are evaluated. Data from a multinational apparel company is used. Results show both greening and buttressing can be costly, green supply chains are most sensitive to disruption, robust supply chains have strong long term benefits, and buttressing a green supply chain is a good investment.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue numberNovember
Pages (from-to)129-148
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 15.10.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Supply chain management
  • Green
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Robust
  • Network design
  • Elastic p-robust approach


Dive into the research topics of 'Greening versus resilience: A supply chain design perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this