A natural-resource-based approach to closed-loop supply chain management: competitive environmental sustainability in the fashion sector

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to conceptualise a natural-resource-based approach to closed-loop supply chain management, proposing a pollution prevention loop, a product stewardship loop and a clean technologies loop. This is intended to respond to calls for competitive environmental sustainable operations in fashion.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Conceptualisation is based on interrogation of literature. Qualitative content analysis supports identification of existing parallels between the natural-resource-based view and closed-loop supply chain management in literature.
Research Implications: This study bridges the gap between competitiveness and sustainability in closed-loop fashion, adds distinction and competitiveness to closed-loop supply chain management and advocates the application of NRBV resources in sustainable supply chain management.
Practical Implications: In presenting a natural-resource-based approach to closed-loop operations this study responds to the need for enhanced competitiveness and sustainability in fashion.
Originality: This paper forms the base of, and proposes a methodology for, a future empirical study of pollution prevention, product stewardship and clean technologies loops in fashion, and the impact on competitive environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018
Event6th International Workshop on Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management - Politecnino di Milano, Milan, Italy
Duration: 26 Nov 201828 Nov 2018

Conference

Conference6th International Workshop on Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period26/11/1828/11/18

Keywords

  • closed-loop
  • supply chain management
  • natural resource based view
  • competitive sustainability
  • fashion

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    Mcdougall, N. (2018). A natural-resource-based approach to closed-loop supply chain management: competitive environmental sustainability in the fashion sector. Paper presented at 6th International Workshop on Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management , Milan, Italy.