Procurement sustainability tensions: an integrative perspective

Fayezi, S, Zomorrodi, M and Bals, L 2018, 'Procurement sustainability tensions: an integrative perspective', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 586-609.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Procurement sustainability tensions: an integrative perspective
Author(s) Fayezi, S
Zomorrodi, M
Bals, L
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
Volume number 48
Issue number 6
Start page 586
End page 609
Total pages 24
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to unpack tensions faced by procurement professionals as part of their triple bottom line (TBL) sustainability activities. The authors take an integrative perspective based on the procurement sustainability and organizational tensions literature, as well as stakeholder and institutional theory. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use a multiple case study approach. Data are collected through multiple interviews and archival data from eight case companies in Australia. Findings: The authors identify supply chain and company procurement sustainability tensions (PSTs) and explain their multi-level nature. The analysis also dissects the multi-stakeholder and multi-institutional environments where PSTs operate. The authors discuss such environments in terms of various temporal and spatial legitimacy contexts (LCs) that, through their assessment of institutional distance, can characterize the manifestation of PSTs. Practical implications: The findings are instrumental for managers to make informed decisions when dealing with PSTs, and they pave the way for paradoxical leadership given the increasing importance of simultaneous development and balancing of TBL dimensions, as evidenced in this study. Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to empirically investigate PSTs by drawing on an integrative approach to identify PSTs, and to discern various LCs that underpin stakeholder judgments of procurements TBL sustainability activities.
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Case study
Institutional theory
Organizational tensions
Procurement sustainability
Procurement sustainability tensions
Stakeholder theory
DOI - identifier 10.1108/IJPDLM-01-2017-0013
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ISSN 0960-0035
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