Title: A framework for research in reverse logistics

Authors: Robert Setaputra, Samar K. Mukhopadhyay

Addresses: John L. Grove College of Business, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257, USA. ' SKK Graduate School of Business, Sungkyunkwan University, 53 Myungryun-Dong 3-Ga, Jongro-Gu, Seoul 110-745, South Korea

Abstract: In recent years, there have been growing interests from both academicians and practitioners to study the topic of reverse logistics. We attempt to develop a research framework in the area of reverse logistics by dividing it into six research categories. We categorise these areas, provide an extensive literature survey, and show the basic research premises and scope of each of these areas. This research will help future researchers in reverse logistics to focus their work to the appropriate field. This research will also help practitioners working on reverse logistics to find managerial guidelines in making specific decisions.

Keywords: reverse logistics; recycling; remanufacturing; reuse; return policy; outsourcing; framework.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2010.033889

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2010 Vol.7 No.1, pp.19 - 55

Published online: 03 Jul 2010 *

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