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Toward a Holistic Understanding of Sustainability in Corporations: Resource-Based View of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

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  • Ozlem Ayaz Arda, Brunel University, Tyrkiet
  • Frank Montabon, Iowa State University
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  • Ekrem Tatoglu, Ibn Haldun University, Gulf University of Science and Technology
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  • Ismail Golgeci
  • Selim Zaim, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University
Purpose
While the three interconnected aspects of the triple bottom line -environmental, social, and economic sustainability- are well established, these aspects have insufficiently been addressed together in the supply chain management literature. Thus, we holistically examine whether environmental and social performance mediate the relationship between environmental management practices and operational performance and whether operational performance mediates the relationship between environmental and social performance and financial performance.

Design/methodology/approach
Drawing on a dataset of 208 firms operating in a wide range of manufacturing industries, we test our hypotheses using structural equation modeling. The research context for our study is Turkey, an important emerging market and one of the nexuses of European and Asian supply chains.

Findings
Our findings indicate that all three aspects of sustainability have mutually supportive relationships as demonstrated by positive mediating mechanisms between environmental management practices and operational performance and between environmental and social performance and financial performance. The mediation results correspond with the resource-based view. They indicate that building up capabilities and resources in the form of environmental management practices supports three areas of the triple bottom line and boosts firms’ financial performance.

Originality
Research on sustainability is well established, yet supply chain management research has thus far paid insufficient attention to all three aspects. This paper thus sets itself apart by explicitly considering all three aspects of sustainability and contributes to understanding how they relate to one another.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSupply Chain Management: An International Journal
ISSN1359-8546
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2021

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