Critical barriers in implementing reverse logistics in the Chinese manufacturing sectors

Abdulrahman, M, Gunasekaran, A and Subramanian, N 2014, 'Critical barriers in implementing reverse logistics in the Chinese manufacturing sectors', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 147, no. PARTB, pp. 460-471.

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Title Critical barriers in implementing reverse logistics in the Chinese manufacturing sectors
Author(s) Abdulrahman, M
Gunasekaran, A
Subramanian, N
Year 2014
Journal name International Journal of Production Economics
Volume number 147
Issue number PARTB
Start page 460
End page 471
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Reverse logistics (RL) is gaining momentum worldwide due to global awareness and as a consequence of resource depletion and environmental degradation. Firms encounter RL implementation challenges from different stakeholders, both internally and externally. On the one hand, various governmental agencies are coming out with different environmental regulations while on the other hand academics and researchers are contributing solutions and suggestions in different country contexts. In a real sense however, the benefits of RL implementation is not yet fully realized in the emerging economies. This paper proposes a theoretical RL implementation model and empirically identifies significant RL barriers with respect to management, financial, policy and infrastructure in the Chinese manufacturing industries such as automotive, electrical and electronic, plastics, steel/construction, textiles and paper and paper based products. Key barriers from our study, with respect to these four categories, are: within management category a lack of reverse logistics experts and low commitment, within financial category a lack of initial capital and funds for return monitoring systems, within policy category a lack of enforceable laws and government supportive economic policies and, finally, within infrastructure category a the lack of systems for return monitoring. Contingency effect of ownership was carried out to understand the similarities and differences in RL barriers among the multinational firms and domestic firms investigated. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Barriers
Reverse logistics
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.08.003
Copyright notice © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0925-5273
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