Multi-tier sustainable supply chain management: a case study of a global food retailer

OYEDIJO, Adegboyega, KUSI-SARPONG, Simonov, MUBARIK, Muhammad Shujaat, KHAN, Sharfuddin Ahmed and UTULU, Kome (2023). Multi-tier sustainable supply chain management: a case study of a global food retailer. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.

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Purpose Implementing sustainable practices in multi-tier supply chains (MTSCs) is a difficult task. This study aims to investigate why such endeavours fail and how MTSC partners can address them. Design/methodology/approach A single-case study of a global food retail company was used in this study. Semi-structured interviews with the case firm and its first- and second-tier suppliers were used to collect data, which were then qualitatively analysed using thematic analysis. Findings Major barriers impeding the implementation of sustainability in multi-tier food supply chains were revealed such as the cost of sustainability, knowledge gap, lack of infrastructure and supply chain complexity. Furthermore, the findings reveal five possible solutions such as multi-tier collaboration and partnership, diffusion of innovation along the chain, supply chain mapping, sustainability performance measurement and capacity building, all of which can aid in the improvement of sustainability practices. Research limitations/implications Future research should investigate how specific barriers and drivers affect specific aspects of sustainability, pointing practitioners to specific links between the variables that can aid in tailoring sustainability oriented investment. Practical implications This research supports managerial comprehension of MTSC sustainability, pointing out ways to improve sustainability performance despite the complex multi-tier system of food supply chains. Originality/value The research on MTSC sustainability is still growing, and this research contributes to the debate about how MTSCs can become more sustainable from the perspective of the triple bottom line, particularly food supply chains which face significant sustainability challenges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing; 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; Business & Management; 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour; 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2023 14:00
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 11:16

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