Contingency theory, climate change, and low-carbon operations management

Marcelo Wilson Furlan Matos Alves, Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour, Devika Kannan

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Abstract

Drawing on the theory of contingency, the aim of this work is to understand how supply chain-related contingencies, arising from climate change, are related to changes in the organisational structure of firms. Further, we explore how this relationship influences the perception of sustainability managers on the adoption of low-carbon operations management practices and their related benefits.To achieve this goal, this research uses NVivo software to gather evidence from interviews conducted with ten high-level managers in sustainability and related areas from seven leading companies located in Brazil.
We present four primary results: (a) a proposal of an original framework to understand the relationship between contingency theory, changes in organisational structure to embrace low-carbon management, adoption of low-carbon operations practices, and benefits from this process; (b) the discovery that an adequate low-carbon management structure is vital to improve the organisations’ perceptions of the benefits from its adoption; (c) low-carbon management initiatives tend to emerge from an organisation’s existing environmental management systems ; and (d) controlling and monitoring climate contingencies at the supply chain level should be permanent and systematic.
Based on the knowledge of the authors, to date, this work is the first piece of research that deals with the complexity of putting together contingency theory, climate-change contingencies at the supply chain level, organisational structure for low-carbon management, and low-carbon operations management practices and benefits. This research also highlights evidence from an emerging economy and registers future research propositions.
LanguageEnglish
Pages223-236
Number of pages15
JournalSupply Chain Management: An International Journal
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017

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Keywords

  • low carbon economy
  • sustainable innovation
  • sustainable supply chain
  • sustainable operations
  • sustainability
  • emerging economies
  • climate change

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Furlan Matos Alves, M. W., Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, A. B., Chiappetta Jabbour, C. J., & Kannan, D. (2017). Contingency theory, climate change, and low-carbon operations management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 22(3), 223-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-09-2016-0311
Furlan Matos Alves, Marcelo Wilson ; Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Ana Beatriz ; Chiappetta Jabbour, Charbel Jose ; Kannan, Devika. / Contingency theory, climate change, and low-carbon operations management. In: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 223-236.
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Contingency theory, climate change, and low-carbon operations management. / Furlan Matos Alves, Marcelo Wilson; Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Ana Beatriz; Chiappetta Jabbour, Charbel Jose; Kannan, Devika.

In: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 08.08.2017, p. 223-236.

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Furlan Matos Alves MW, Lopes de Sousa Jabbour AB, Chiappetta Jabbour CJ, Kannan D. Contingency theory, climate change, and low-carbon operations management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 2017 Aug 8;22(3):223-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-09-2016-0311