Title: Gender perceptions of management's green supply chain development among the professional workforce

Authors: Alan D. Smith

Addresses: Department of Management and Marketing, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3099, USA

Abstract: An empirically-based study measuring the perceived effectiveness of green supply chain management (GSCM)-based initiatives of Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan companies by their professional workforce was conducted. Statistical analyses, via multiple linear regression and principal-components analysis, via factor analysis, revealed many layers of complexity. Although there were no significant differences among the sexes in terms of the major operational and green-based initiatives implemented by their perspective management, there were some noticeable differences on GSCM-based priorities. Significant positive relationships exist among productivity and efficiency measures and ultimate support for management|s efforts to properly direct its suppliers in a more ecofriendly direction. In general, the strongest employee acceptance rates were found to be in the areas of using recycled products, eco-friendly practices attracts and retains customers, competitive advantage obtained by sharing ecological responsibility, and supply chain is a high corporate priority.

Keywords: business strategy; ecofriendly; empirical; environment friendly; green supply chains; operational efficiency; stakeholder theory; supply chain management; SCM; USA; United States; gender perceptions; multiple linear regression; PCA; principal component analysis; employee acceptance rates.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2012.044154

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.1, pp.55 - 86

Available online: 10 Dec 2011 *

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