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A strategic sustainability justification methodology for organizational decisions: the case of reverse logistics
Author(s): Joseph Sarkis; Adrien Presley; Laura Meade
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Paper Abstract

The concept of sustainability has become increasingly important for organisations and has permeated a number of managerial and organisational decisions. Sustainability, as defined by its 'triple-bottom line' factors of economic, environmental and social dimensions, is the underlying framework we use to develop and apply a strategic justification tool for project evaluation with sustainability implications. An activity based management methodological framework is used as a vehicle to frame decisions around using corporate sustainability. An illustrative application of this technique investigates how an organisation would select from one of two competing reverse logistics providers. This process requires that we introduce issues relevant to three major sustainability factors (and their sub factors) and how they are influenced by a reverse logistics provider decision. The dual contribution of this paper includes investigating the design and development of the strategic sustainability evaluation framework and the linkage of reverse logistics to economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6385, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing VI, 63850O (13 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.687591
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Sarkis, Clark Univ. (United States)
Adrien Presley, Truman State Univ. (United States)
Laura Meade, Texas Christian Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6385:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing VI
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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