Sustainability in Supply Chain Management
Established at the ISCM in 2009, the research group seeks to advance knowledge on the tripartite pursuit of environmental, social and economic objectives in a Supply Chain Management context. More precisely, the group works on questions related to sustainability and corporate social responsibility from the perspective of purchasing, logistics and the management of global supply chain relationships.
We seek to advance and transfer knowledge on the tripartite pursuit of environmental, social and economic objectives in a Supply Chain Management context.
Our objective is to generate insights into the successful definition and implementation of sustainability strategies within an organization and its expansion across global supply and logistics chains.
As thorough scientific debate in such a sensitive field requires interdisciplinary knowledge, we closely cooperate with experienced academics from other disciplines such as philosophy, ethics and sociology.
The academic work is based on sound scientific methods and experience in both empirical qualitative and quantitative studies.
Our Understanding of Sustainability
- Protecting and developing the well-being of global society
- Elimination of forced and child labour in global supply chains
- Protection and preservation of human rights
- Supporting public health
- Protecting and restoring the ecosystem
- Recycling and closed-loop supply chain management
- Eco-design of products
- Reorienting SCM by integration of “green” KPIs
- Meeting economic needs that sustain long-term performance
- Financial target setting and performance monitoring
- Corporate Governance
- Assessment of external costs of damage
Research Focus and Projects
Industrial buyers frequently find themselves in a dilemma of purchasing goods and services at the lowest competitive price while ensuring compliance with social and environmental standards. In this stream of research, we to assess the willingness-to-pay of industrial buyers for attributes that constitute sustainable products and the factors of influencing the willingness-to-pay.
Sustainable Souring Excellence
This project seeks to develop a comprehensive framework for sustainable sourcing practices. This entails the identification of relevant key performance indicators, an IT-based risk management system for sustainable supply management, and the development of tools and techniques for the measurement and control of environmental impact. Further, a sourcing governance code and appropriate reports for stakeholders are designed. Finally, a CO2-efficient sourcing platform shall be proposed.
Sustainable Global Supplier Management
While the risks and effects of supply interruptions as well as feasible mitigation strategies have been widely discussed, the risks stemming from supplier irresponsibility, in terms of violation of ethical and environmental standards, have only recently become a prominent topic within the field of purchasing and supply management (PSM) and global sourcing. In this project, we seek to find answers to the question, how firms can design and configure SGSM processes to dynamically respond to changing sustainability requirements.
Conventional wisdom suggests that environmental concern plays a minor role in comparatively poor countries, referred to as low-cost-countries in a supply chain management context. In this project, we seek to determine the degree to which existing data support this assumption and to understand what the consequences are for strategic sourcing from such low-cost-countries.
- Leading-edge research on complex and innovative models fostering sustainability in global supply chains
- Research motivated by current challenges and problems in practice
- Clear commitment to outstanding research with practical impact
- Strong focus on interdisciplinary research
- Development of soft-skills and capabilities
- Innovative curriculum on sustainability management in logistics and supply chains
- Interdisciplinary character is reflected in the implementation of the studium generale
- Partner with world-class institutions and individuals to create a unique network dedicated to research on the future of sustainability in global supply chains
- Strong interaction with companies and focus on specific industries to develop advanced sustainability solutions for global value chains
- Long-term partnerships to create thought-leadership and innovation