Sustainable Supply Chain Management with NGOs, NPOs, and Charity Organizations: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda

Xiaoyan Xu, Sai-Ho Chung, Chris K.Y. Lo, Andy Yeung

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With the gradually increased awareness of sustainability development, external organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), and charity organizations, play an increasingly crucial role in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). The participation of external organizations not only helps the firms to improve reputation, but also regulates and improves their SSCM. Based on this motivation, we identify the major research domains and examine each domain's evolution by using the objective review methods, including Citation Network Analysis and Main Path Analysis in this literature review paper. Five research domains are recognized, namely, sustainable supply chain framework design”, “supply chain coordination/collaboration”, “closed-loop supply chain”, “regulation”, and “subsidy and donation”. We review the most influential papers in each research domain to show the evolution of these studies. Based on our review findings, we successfully propose four future research agendas with eight specific issues and innovatively establish a new research framework. The outputs of this review paper can guide the researchers on future search topics and contribute to the development of SSCM with the consideration of organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102822
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number102822
Early online date14 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Aug 2022

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  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • sustainable development
  • NGO
  • NPO
  • not-for-profit
  • charity organization
  • literature review
  • Charity organization
  • Literature review
  • Sustainable development
  • Not-for-profit


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