Title: Evolution of supply chain management: a sustainability focused review

Authors: Wen Shen; Dan Hu; Elif Elçin Günay; Gül E. Okudan Kremer

Addresses: School of Logistics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, 430070, Hubei, China ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Sakarya University, Sakarya 54050, Turkey ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to review the past and current developments of supply chain management (SCM) to identify key possibilities and future trends. Through literature review and observations pertaining to SCM developments, the paper first reveals some early patterns of SCM in manufacturing and business operations. Then, it discusses the system integration and collaboration mechanisms that make up the dominant SCM foci in current research and applications. Finally, recent technological advances that are likely to impact SCM along with pressures for environmental sustainability are recognised as potential research directions. Contributions to sustainability along the SCM evolution are also noted. The paper is original in that it not only reviews the evolution of SCM but also includes a sustainability focus. The resultant discussion is likely to benefit SCM theorists and practitioners to meet future challenges.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; supply chain evolution; green supply chain; sustainable supply chain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSM.2020.10028815

International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2020 Vol.4 No.2/3/4, pp.319 - 335

Received: 27 Feb 2019
Accepted: 28 Jun 2019

Published online: 23 Apr 2020 *

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