On Theories for Researching Sustainability

Thomas E. Johnsen, Federico Caniato

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In this chapter we discuss why theories that are applicable to Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in general may not be easily transferrable or appropriate to research that focuses on sustainability. We then present four theoretical perspectives that better fit the purpose: Natural Resource Based View, Stakeholder Theory, Institutional Theory and Industrial Marketing & Purchasing Interaction Approach. In this chapter we examine why these four theoretical perspectives are suitable for researching sustainable PSCM. Having presented the four theoretical perspectives, we put forth some more recent promising theories that introduce some new perspectives that would help researchers to break new ground: Social-Resource-Based View (SRBV), Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), the Ecologically Dominant Logic, and Panarchy Theory. We begin by comparing the four main theories that we focus on, discussing their strengths and limitations from the perspective of sustainable PSCM research. We then offer some guidance on the types of sustainability themes and research questions that are suitable to study through these perspectives. At the end of the chapter we briefly present the more recent theories.
TitelHandbook of Theories for Purchasing, Supply Chain and Management Research
RedaktørerWendy L. Tate, Lisa M. Ellram, Lydia Bals
Antal sider19
ForlagEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)9781839104497
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781839104503
StatusUdgivet - 2022
NavnResearch Handbooks in Business and Management