Resource-efficient supply chains:a research framework, literature review and research agenda


Purpose – The study aims to define a research agenda for creating resource-efficient supply chains (RESCs) by identifying and analysing their key characteristics as well as future research opportunities. Design/methodology/approach – We follow a systematic review method to analyse the literature and to understand RESC, taking a substantive theory approach. Our approach is grounded in a specific domain, the agri-food sector, because it is an intensive user of an extensive range of resources. Findings – The review shows that works of literature has looked at the use of resources primarily from the environmental impact perspective. There is a need to explore whether or not and how logistics/supply chain decisions will affect the overall configuration of future food supply chains in an era of resource scarcity and depletion and what the trade-offs will be. Research limitations/implications – The paper proposes an agenda for future research in the area of RESC. The framework proposed along with the key characteristics identified for RESC can be applied to other sectors. Practical implications – Our research should facilitate further understanding of the implications and trade-offs of supply chain decisions taken on the use of resources by supply chain managers. Originality/value – The paper explores the interaction between supply chains and natural resources and defines the key characteristics of RESC.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Systems & Management
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: © Aristides Matopoulos, Ana Barros, J.G.A.J. (Jack) van der Vorst. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at Funding: European Union (European Social Fund [ESF]) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National; Project “NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000057”, financed by the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (ON.2 – O Novo Norte) Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resource-Efficient Supply Chains, Supply Chain Configuration, Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Natural Resource Based View, Resource Dependency Theory, Agri-Food Industry, Systematic Literature Review, Content Analysis,Strategy and Management
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015
Accepted Date: 2014-12-11
Submitted Date: 2014-03-03
Authors: Matopoulos, Aristides ( 0000-0002-5083-0534)
Barros, Ana Cristina
van der Vorst, J.G.A.J.



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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