Keywords: literature review, sustainability, supply chain management, SCM, conceptual flow cycle, sustainable development, sustainable networks, sustainable supply chains, industrial ecology, industrial clusters, eco-industrial parks, locality economics, systems learning, systems thinking
Sustainability in supply chain management: a literature review and a conceptual flow cycle
A literature review on sustainability in supply chain management is presented. The review differs from past ones in that it surveys more the non-operations management articles such as those in the areas of industrial ecology, clusters/eco-industrial parks, economics of locality, systems learning and thinking. Inspired by the review, a conceptual flow cycle for sustainable networks is developed in terms of its four phases: development, production, distribution and assessment. Potential research opportunities are highlighted.