Government Green Procurement: A Fuzzy-DEMATEL Analysis of Barriers

  • Yijie Dou
  • Joseph Sarkis
  • Chunguang Bai
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 313)


Government green procurement has been a major driver of demand for environmental products and services in developing countries. This reality is not lost in China. However, government green procurement in China has still seen limited utilization. To address the obstacles facing government green procurement adoption in China, various barrier factors that may contribute to limited adoption of this practice are investigated. A fuzzy-based DEMATEL and fuzzy clustering approach is applied to identify the relative relationship and significance of various factors that negatively influence Chinese government green procurement at a municipal level. Further, managerial and research implications, and future research directions are presented.


Government green procurement Fuzzy set DEMATEL Fuzzy c-means clustering 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China Project (71102090; 71302057); Liaoning Social Science Planning Foundation of China (L12AJY001); Liaoning Education Department Foundation of China (W2011125, W2012165).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Industrial and Business OrganizationDongbei University of Finance and EconomicsDalianChina
  2. 2.School of BusinessWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.School of Management Science and EngineeringDongbei University of Finance and EconomicsDalianChina

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