A Systematic Literature Review on Sustainability and Disruptions in Supply Chains

  • Ilias Vlachos
  • Luisa Huaccho Huatuco
  • Guljana ShakirUllah
  • Adriana Roa-Atkinson


The purpose of this paper is to provide the state-of-the-art of the theme: ‘sustainability and disruptions in supply chains’. The main motivation for the research was to identify the level of connectivity between these apparent separate topics and identify gaps for carrying out future research. A systematic literature review was carried out, searching the World of Science database, 76 papers were selected for analysis. The main database consulted was Web of Science for the period 2000–2016. The articles were classified according to their year of publication, country/region focus of study, citation, journal name, for example. Then the tallies of each group were collected into a MS Excel file in order to do a series of analyses, plot graphs and make comparisons. The findings point out that the International Journal of Production Economics leads the way in terms of publishing work on this theme. Most of the published work comes from North-America and Europe, however China also features highly in the ranks. The ‘sustainability’ literature included topics of: positive relation between sustainable supply chain management and economic and environmental performance. The disruptions literature included topics of: information sharing, inventory management and multiple suppliers. Some scarce combination of sustainability and disruptions was found.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilias Vlachos
    • 1
  • Luisa Huaccho Huatuco
    • 2
  • Guljana ShakirUllah
    • 1
  • Adriana Roa-Atkinson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds University Business SchoolUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.The York Management SchoolUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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