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Green supply chain management practices: An investigation of manufacturing SMEs in China

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Enterprises pay increasing attention to environmental concerns in their manufacturing activities with regard to their supply bases, making green supply chain management (GSCM) a hot topic for academic research and industrial practices. Some researchers become interested in investigating the pressures, practices and performance of GSCM among large enterprises with little research targetted at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The objective of this article is to identify whether different SMEs of different categories operating in the Chinese context vary significantly from each other in terms of their GSCM practices. A questionnaire survey administered through e-mails is used for this study and the respondents were chosen randomly from an SME fair in China. Data received from the recipients were processed on SPSS to conduct ANOVA to verify the proposition. The findings confirm that SMEs from different industrial sectors differ in their GSCM practices. This can be accounted for by factors including differing GSCM pressures or drivers.

Keywords: Analysis of Variance; environmental issues; green supply chain management practices; small and medium-sized enterprises; supply chain management; survey methods

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University 2: PSB Academy

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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