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Sustainable supply networks – I: values/characteristics for a new mindset and frameworks at the collective level

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This article presents the values and characteristics that are at play in transforming contemporary supply chains with a linear, self-maximising mindset into supply networks with a systems-based sustainability mindset. The motivational background for theorising and testing a new framework for sustainable supply networks is introduced. Based on previous literature reviews reported, three arguments are put forward towards establishing a novel mindset for sustainable supply networks. A series of relevant values and characteristics are proposed to establish and foster this sustainability mindset. Two frameworks at the collective level are developed and compared, one for legacy supply chains and the other for future supply networks. [A sequel article (Berke and Satir, 2011b) builds on the concepts and notions argued in this article to come up with two similar frameworks, this time at the company level. Findings of field studies conducted to validate the company level frameworks developed are reported in the sequel article].

Keywords: supply chain management, SCM, sustainability, values, characteristics, framework, sustainable supply networks, sustainable development, sustainable supply chains

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