Analysis of interaction between the barriers for the implementation of sustainable supply chain management


DOI: 10.1007/s00170-013-4951-8

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Al Zaabi, S., Al Dhaheri, N. & Diabat, A. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2013) 68: 895. doi:10.1007/s00170-013-4951-8


In the contemporary marketplace, it is essential for industries to offer environmentally conscious, “green” products. Because industries are aware of demands from both customers and from government policies towards environmental products, Indian industries are particularly pressured regarding issues of environmental adoption. At this point, they presently have less detailed research on the effects of the adoption of environmental practices using traditional supply chain management (TSCM). One sector that is less aware of environmental initiation practices in the TSCM is the fastener manufacturing industry, but they are in a good position to adopt and to improve their environmental performance. Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) is an important concept to improve environmental performance in TSCM and to provide a useful green image in industrial products. However, there are many barriers to the successful implementation of SSCM, and it should be noted that not all the barriers carry an equal impact. We need to identify the dominant factors required to adopt the SSCM concept, so that industries need to analyze the barriers and their impacts. The main aim of this paper is to determine the relationship between the barriers and to identify the most influential barriers from the recommended barrier list with the help of interpretive structural modeling. In this study, 13 barriers are considered from the extensive literature available. This study has been conducted in two fastener manufacturing industries that are located in the southern part of India.


Traditional supply chain management Sustainable supply chain management Barriers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaikha Al Zaabi
    • 1
  • Noura Al Dhaheri
    • 1
  • Ali Diabat
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Systems and ManagementMasdar Institute of Science and TechnologyAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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