Institutional logic for sustainable purchasing and supply management: Concepts, illustrations, and implications for business strategy

Minelle E. Silva, Breno Nunes

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Abstract

Amidst the number of studies on sustainable purchasing and supply management (PSM), we have yet to learn how sustainability becomes a logic for organisations and their stakeholders. Thus, this paper offers an extended approach on the emergence of an institutional logic of sustainability (ILS). Our contribution includes the macro mechanisms supporting the robust and continuous adoption of an ILS for procurement. Three distinct trajectories of an ILS emerged from the literature, and their application to sustainable PSM is illustrated using real-world examples. The trajectories rely upon the evolution of (1) institutional entrepreneurs or (2) PSM structures but also can happen through (3) the co-evolution of both. By offering a conceptual model and a set of research propositions for future theory and empirical testing, this paper helps scholars and practitioners to advance their knowledge on managing purchasing departments according to sustainability values and making it a competitiveness factor. Lastly, this paper adds value to both implementation and formulation of sustainable business strategies as the application of our conceptual framework can lead to better strategic alignment of PSM practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Early online date26 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Silva, M. E., & Nunes, B. (2021). Institutional logic for sustainable purchasing and supply management: Concepts, illustrations, and implications for business strategy. Business Strategy and the Environment, 1– 14, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2946. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited

Keywords

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Strategy and Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Business and International Management

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