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Connecting the pieces of the puzzle toward sustainable organizations : a framework integrating OM principles with GSCM

Sarkis, Joseph and Bai, Chunguang and Jabbour, Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa and Jabbour, Charbel José Chiappetta and Sobreiro, Vinicius Amorim (2016) Connecting the pieces of the puzzle toward sustainable organizations : a framework integrating OM principles with GSCM. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 23 (6). pp. 1605-1623. ISSN 1463-5771

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework integrating the Hart and Milstein (2003) strategies for organizational sustainable development (SD) with the ideas of Kleindorfer et al. (2005) on sustainable operations management (SOM), which requires guidance of green supply chain management (GSCM). Design/methodology/approach – The construction of the framework was based on previous studies that discussed synergies between operations management principles with environmental bias and studies on adoption of GSCM practices. Findings – The proposed framework guides managers to reconcile operations management practices/ principles that are already being implemented in organizations with an environmental perspective because these practices sustain organizations to simultaneously reach SOM and SD. Originality/value – The paper presents a framework that provides guidance on how organizations can seek sustainability in their operations, considering that articles on the topic of sustainability have not been developed with this specific focus.