Title: Determinants of green supply chain implementation in the food and beverage sector

Authors: Howard Frederick; Jens Elting

Addresses: Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Community, School of Marketing and Management, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia ' Benning Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Münsterstrasse 135-137, 46397 Bocholt, Germany

Abstract: Using a grounded theory approach, this paper extracts emerging concepts in the implementation of green supply chain management from case data of New Zealand food and beverage (F&B) companies. In search of factors that may lead to theory-building, the study relates case studies in fruit, juice, and dairy product companies through in-depth interviews with ranking general and line managers. We uncover the outline of a theoretical framework focusing on determinants of GSCM behaviour. These include strategic and operational planning; management structure, systems, and decision-making; management of people and company culture; and relationships with supply-chain members.

Keywords: strategy planning; green policy; sustainability; supply chain management; green SCM; GSCM; New Zealand; green supply chains; food and beverage industry; food and drinks industry; grounded theory; juice products; dairy products; fruit products; operational planning; management structure; decision making; organisational culture; supply chain relationships.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2013.052577

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2013 Vol.7 No.2, pp.164 - 184

Available online: 12 Mar 2013 *

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