Edited by Laura J. Spence, Jedrzej G. Frynas, Judy N. Muthuri and Jyoti Navare
Chapter 6: SME resources and capabilities for sustainability performance: a framework for emerging economies
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have an important role in achieving sustainability aims throughout the supply chain management. SME characteristics and SME sustainability behaviour are different from those of large organizations, yet sustainability in supply chains is most often studied from the point of view of large organizations. This chapter challenges the current understanding of SME sustainability performance by considering in detail buyer organization demands, together with contextual factors that transform SME resources and capabilities during the phases of sustainability implementation. In order to provide a more comprehensive view of supplier SME sustainability performance, it is useful to utilize complementary theories from different disciplines. This chapter, which is conceptual in nature, contributes to the literature by providing a framework for emerging country contexts. The SME resources and capabilities for sustainability performance framework can be used to build an analytical basis for empirical research to close the gap between current sustainable supply chain management practices and theoretical explanations, with a particular focus on supplier SMEs. Managerial implications of this framework are discussed in the final section of the chapter.
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