Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain
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Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain

Edited by Joseph Sarkis

Supply chain management has long been a feature of industry and commerce but, with increasing demands from consumers, producers are spending more time and money investing in ways to make supply chains more sustainable. This exemplary Handbook provides readers with a comprehensive overview of current research on sustainable supply chain management.
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Chapter 6: Collaboration and coordination in sustainable supply chains

Amy Z. Zeng and Jing Hou


The success of any supply chain depends on the collaboration of the chain partners through some form of coordination mechanism, which can range from information-sharing to sophisticated contractual terms; and sustainable supply chains are no exception. This chapter provides a review of the status quo of research efforts pertinent to collaboration and coordination in three types of sustainable supply chains: socially responsible supply chains, green supply chains and closed-loop supply chains. In the last type, two detailed examples of reverse supply chains of electronics are provided to demonstrate how the coordination mechanism is designed and determined. For future research efforts, several common threads implied by this comprehensive review, as well as some broad areas considering country-specific situations, are summarized and presented.

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