Sustainable Supply Chains

Models, Methods, and Public Policy Implications

  • Tonya Boone
  • Vaidyanathan Jayaraman
  • Ram Ganeshan

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 174)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Tonya Boone, Vaidyanathan Jayaraman, Ram Ganeshan
    Pages 1-8
  3. Joseph B. Powell, Paul M. Ayoub, Sachin Kapila, Alex P. R. Nevill, Grahame Y. Buss
    Pages 29-36
  4. Anna Nagurney, Amir H. Masoumi
    Pages 49-72
  5. Vaidyanathan Jayaraman, Mandar Dattatray Malshe, Ajay Anandnarayan
    Pages 73-96
  6. Tonya Boone, Ram Ganeshan
    Pages 107-127
  7. Gökçe Esenduran, Eda Kemahlioğlu-Ziya, Jayashankar M. Swaminathan
    Pages 129-148
  8. Tonya Boone, Ram Ganeshan, Vaidyanathan Jayaraman
    Pages 175-191
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-239

About this book


A sustainable enterprise is one that contributes to sustainable development by simultaneously delivering economic, social and environmental benefits or what has been termed "the triple bottom line." While pursuing profit, socially responsible companies should be sensitive to the environment and uphold the rights of all the firm's stakeholders. This edited volume explores leading-edge ideas — both by academics and forward-thinking companies — to (re)design and market products, source, manufacture, and eventually distribute and recover or dispose of them in an environmentally, ecologically, and socially responsible way.

This edited volume is made up of fifteen chapters loosely grouped into clusters. After an introduction, chapter 2 shows the greenhouse emissions at various levels, from countries all the way to individual products. Chapters 3-7 each focus on an industrial sector and address issues specific to that industry, with chapter 7 presenting a case study on LEED certification of Miller Hall, home of the Mason School of Business where two of the authors (Tonya and Ram) work. Chapters 8-10 address product take back in the supply chain. Chapter 8 introduces e-waste and surveys what firms are doing to combat it. Chapter 9 provides an overview of existing take-back legislation and academic papers that have studied various research questions associated with them. Chapter 10 is a tutorial that addresses the problem of product disposition on a closed-loop supply chain: what should a firm do with a product return?

Chapters 11-15 address measurement, monitoring, decision-making, and reporting regarding environmental issues in a firm. Chapter 11 provides an academic survey of eco-labeling and the consumer’s willingness to pay for them. Chapter 12 discusses how firms can measure the total carbon footprint in their supply chains and some of the strategies they can use to mitigate carbon emissions. Using the price of call options, chapter 13 illustrates how managers can quantify the savings attributed to sustainability-related investment. Chapter 14 develops a non-linear optimization model that addresses the complex trade-offs involved in making joint operational and environmental decisions. Finally, chapter 15 develops a Data Envelopment Analysis-based method for supplier evaluation incorporating environmental and business factors.


Corporate Social Responsibility Operations Management Operations Research Quantitative Analysis Supply Chain Management Sustainable

Editors and affiliations

  • Tonya Boone
    • 1
  • Vaidyanathan Jayaraman
    • 2
  • Ram Ganeshan
    • 3
  1. 1.Mason School of BusinessCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.School of Business Administration, Department of ManagementUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  3. 3.Mason School of BusinessCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6104-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6105-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0884-8289
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