Scanning insights on sustainability and supply chain management in Brazil

Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management. 2017;10(1):33-54


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Journal Title: Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1984-3046 (Online)

Publisher: Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Society/Institution: FGV-EAESP

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Manufactures: Production management. Operations management | Social Sciences: Commerce: Business

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English

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Minelle E. Silva (Lecturer at Universidade de Fortaleza – Fortaleza – CE, Brazil)

Morgane M. C. Fritz (Researcher and Lecturer at University of Graz – Graz, Austria)

Breno Nunes (Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at Aston University – Birmingham, UK)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This paper aims to analyse how the publications in Brazil are considering the relationship between sustainability and supply chain management. For this end, a literature review was carried out in 120 Brazilian academic journals in which 124 papers were identified, from 2008 until 2013. When considering the Triple Bottom Line approach, the results show that sustainability research in Brazil is focusing on the environmental dimension and SCM research is focusing on the economic dimension. Additional inputs are provided by integrating the governance dimension in the analysis to underline which actions and policies are discussed in Brazil at a corporate level. To support the results a consultation of experts in the field of sustainability in Brazil was fulfilled, and three case examples are presented to explain some of the research results. The findings on publications in Brazil contrast with international studies, particularly on the topic of social performance and management in supply chains. One of the main conclusions is that there are large opportunities to increase publications about sustainability and SCM in the country and that Brazil presents some specificities in the field that researchers and managers shall consider.