Mapping the Path Forward for Sustainable Supply Chain Management: A Review of Reviews

Craig Carter, Seth Washispack

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This paper provides a systematic literature review (SLR) of 59 sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) SLRs. The key findings are that (1) we have reached a point of saturation, where we likely do not need additional SSCM SLRs that simply provide a broad overview of the content, themes, and structure of the SSCM literature (although periodic updates of existing SLRs may be warranted); however, (2) there is “white space” and opportunity to examine relationships among specific constructs and use SLRs for theory development; and (3) there is a need to improve the methodological rigor of future SSCM SLRs, as found through our introduction of a modified set of AMSTAR criteria to assess SLR quality. Finally, there is an opportunity for studies that move beyond metrics and investigation of performance from the perspective of a single organization to the broader supply chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-247
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Business Logistics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • meta-analysis
  • performance measurement
  • sustainable supply chain management
  • systematic literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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