The role of innovation in the implementation of green supply chain management practices

Graça Miranda Silva*, Paulo J. Gomes, Joseph Sarkis

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Abstract

How organizational green practices become routinely embedded in supply chains remains underexplored in the literature. Based on the practice-based view and normalization process theory, this study adopts a novel perspective on green supply chain management (GSCM) practices implementation and suggests that innovation is a crucial mechanism in such process. Specifically, we theorize and test the mediating effect of product and process innovation on the relationship between GSCM practices and sustainability performance. Survey data from 173 manufacturing firms were used to test the model hypotheses. Our findings show that product and process innovation mediate the relationship between GSCM practices and sustainability performance. The findings also suggest that the relevance of different innovation mechanisms depends on the stage of the operational lifecycle within which the practices are implemented. Our study provides insights for managers and scholars seeking to define innovation strategies to ensure the successful implementation of GSCM practices.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Volume28
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)819-832
Number of pages14
ISSN0964-4733
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10.02.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • green supply chain management
  • process innovation
  • product innovation
  • sustainability performance
  • sustainable development

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