Journal article

Mimicking natural ecosystems to develop sustainable supply chains: A theory of socio-ecological intergradation

RL Gruner, D Power

Journal of Cleaner Production | Elsevier BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier LtdFor most firms, the development of sustainable supply chain practices remains challenging. Using a theory-building approach, we develop a theory of socio-ecological intergradation to provide managers with guidance in mimicking natural ecosystems to develop more local and thus sustainable supply chains. Socio-ecological intergradation refers to the gradual merging of social (organizational) and ecological (environmental) systems to shift a firm's focus from global supply chain optimization to building more regionally bound, socio-ecologically connected operations. Drawing on the natural and industrial ecology literature, the paper identifies five principles that mimic natur..

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