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2019-05-31 | Peer Reviewed

Sustainable supply chain management in developing countries: An analysis of the literature

Jia, Fu , Laura Zuluaga-Cardona, Adrian Bailey and Ximena Rueda. 2018. “Sustainable supply chain management in developing countries: An analysis of the literature.” Journal of Cleaner Production 189:10: 263-278.
Download reference Doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.248

The purpose of this paper is to present an analysis of the academic literature addressing Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) practices in developing countries. A systematic literature review method was adopted; selected papers were reviewed from 2000 to 2016 that matched our inclusion criteria. Common themes across the literature were identified covering four factors regarding the adoption of SSCM: drivers, barriers, mechanisms and outcomes. A conceptual model integrating these factors and based on institutional theory was advanced to explain the adoption of sustainability practices along supply chains in developing countries. The paper concludes by identifying gaps in the literature that require further research on this topic, particularly for the context of developing countries. To the best of our knowledge this is the first paper reviewing the existing research on SSCM in developing countries that includes both social and environmental dimensions.


  • Rueda, Ximena
  • Other authors:
    Jia, Fu
    Zuluaga-Cardona, Laura
    Bailey, Adrian