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Aspirations and environmental performance feedback: a behavioral perspective for green supply chain management

Aspirations and environmental performance feedback: a behavioral perspective for green supply chain management

Shou, Yongyi, Shan, Shuo, Chen, Anlan, Cheng, Yang and Boer, Harry (2020) Aspirations and environmental performance feedback: a behavioral perspective for green supply chain management. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 40 (6). pp. 729-751. ISSN 0144-3577 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-11-2019-0756)

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Abstract

Purpose – This study investigates the relationships between environmental performance feedback and green supply chain management (GSCM). It explores how environmental performance above or below aspirations affects the implementation of GSCM practices (specifically sustainable production [SP] and sustainable sourcing [SS]) through the lens of the behavioral theory of the firm (BTOF), which has received scant attention in the operations management literature.

Design/methodology/approach – The study used data from the sixth round of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS). It employed hierarchical linear regression to test the proposed hypotheses. Moreover, the study tested an alternate model to rule out the possible role of financial performance aspirations in explaining the implementation of SP and SS.

Findings – The results indicate that organizations determine their efforts put into the two GSCM practices according to environmental performance feedback: the greater the aspiration–environmental performance discrepancy, the stronger the efforts put into implementing GSCM practices.

Originality/value – This study contributes to the GSCM literature by revealing the impact of environmental performance aspirations on the implementation of GSCM practices through the lens of the BTOF. It also extends the BTOF by applying it in the GSCM context and indicating that performance feedback is based on environmental performance instead of financial performance in this specific context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: green supply chain management, aspirations, environmental performance feedback, sustainable production, sustainable sourcing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Connected Cities Research Group
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 09:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29543

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