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Sustainable Operations Management: A Systematic Review and Future Research Agenda

Journal of Supply Chain Management Systems

Volume 12 Issue 1

Published: 2023
Author(s) Name: Kirubel Bruck Kassa, Matiwos Ensermu, Busha Temesgen | Author(s) Affiliation: School of Commerce, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
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Abstract

The number of professionals working in manufacturing operations who are interested in sustainable operations management (SOM) is growing. This is primarily due to an increased awareness of the negative effects that manufacturing operations have on the natural world. This article brings together empirical academic research on sustainable operations management. Via a systematic literature review, we investigate 96 articles and books on sustainable operations management published between 1994 and 2022. These studies are analyzed based on the following themes: (1) the definitions of sustainable operations management, (2) sustainable operations management practices and (3) empirical outcomes of sustainable operations management practices. Based on this analysis, we develop a more inclusive definition of sustainable operations management. We put forward three future research suggestions: (1) a holistic investigation of the relationship between SOM practices and sustainable performance (2) the consideration of all the triple bottom-line dimensions (environmental, social and economic); and (3) moving from a qualitative dominance to using quantitative methods.

Keywords: Sustainable Operations Management, Sustainable Performance

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