Building a competitive advantage through sustainable operations strategy

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This paper addresses an important gap in sustainability and technology management studies: the strategies for sustainable operations. Based on analysis of cases from automotive, textile, chemical, and food processing industries, the authors discuss the responses companies take to environmental and social pressures when aiming at increasing profitability. Our findings show that adaptations of traditional operations strategy frameworks can be useful when developing and assessing sustainability strategy for operations. Lastly, we also offer definitions for ‘sustainable operations strategy’ and ‘sustainable technology’ as those are not yet established in the literature. We consider the contribution of this article to be linked to the development and evaluation of sustainable operations strategies, which will invariably include the choice and use of technologies.



Publication date2013
Publication titleScience, technology and innovation in the emerging markets economy : IAMOT2013 proceedings
EditorsP.A. Zawislak, Y. Hosni
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish
Event22nd International confrence on Management of Thechnology - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Duration: 14 Apr 201318 Apr 2013


Conference22nd International confrence on Management of Thechnology
Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2013
CityPorto Alegre


  • sustainable operations strategy, , choice of sustainable technologies, manufacturing,

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