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Socially and environmentally responsible procurement: A literature review and future research agenda of a managerial issue in the 21st century

Authors
Journal
Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
1478-4092
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
18
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pursup.2012.06.002
Keywords
  • Responsible Procurement
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Literature Review
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract This literature review offers a rigorous approach, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative techniques, to examine research to date in the field of socially and environmentally responsible procurement (SERP). It identifies that the SERP literature is at a critical juncture in its development and that researchers should be aware of the literature's shortcomings and potential points of fragmentation. This is of considerable importance if the field is to become a salient issue in the wider management literature. As such, this review not only takes stock of the existing literature, but it provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of existing contribution and their implications for practitioners. In addition, we highlight the avenues for future research, which has so far been neglected by academics, but which is critical from a practitioners and implementation perspective.

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