Critical success factors and green supply chain management proactivity: shedding light on the human aspects of this relationship based on cases from the Brazilian industry

Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour, André Luiz Mauricio, Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour

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Abstract

By applying the resources-based view (RBV) theory to green management, this study aims to analyse the relationship between critical success factors (CSFs) and the adoption of green supply chain management (GSCM) practices for some Brazil-based manufacturers of automotive batteries considered focal in their
supply chains, in the context of the Brazilian New Policy on Solid Waste. It also analyses how human issues, known as green human resource management (GHRM) aspects, can help to increase the effectiveness of CSFs for GSCM strategies that are still not fully managed, justifying a RBV perspective. This research assumes that firms tend to be in different stages of GSCM development (more strategic and less strategic) and tests four research propositions to determine whether more proactive GSCM is related to higher levels of effectively managed CSFs and support from GHRM. Three focal companies that operate in the Brazilian automotive battery industry were studied. The research results found the four research prepositions to be valid. Consequently, the study concluded that more proactive GSCM practices correlate to more effectively managed CSFs and greater support from GHRM regarding both well-managed CSFs and others that deserve managerial attention (information management, measurement, competence for greener products and processes, training and total involvement of employees). Considering that human aspects can contribute to better management of these CSFs, we argue that managers with a clear GHRM strategy will have more success in GSCM adoption, using more green training, green recruitment and selection, green performance evaluation and employee rewards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-683
Number of pages13
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Volume28
Issue number6-8
Early online date16 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 May 2017

Keywords

  • green supply chain management
  • critical success factors
  • green human resource management
  • green operations management
  • resources-based view
  • automotive sector
  • Brazil

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