The paper "Why Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Management Should Have No Future by Pagell and Shevchenko " is a good example of a management article. The article ‘ Why Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Management Should Have No Future’ developed by Pagell and Shevchenko (2014) addresses the concept of sustainable supply chain management. In this regard, the research study is founded on the grounds that the concept and practice are increasingly gaining momentum in the global market. In this regard, the article offers a background analysis of the unsustainable supply chain management practices.
One of the recorded issues and implications in the market is increased economic gains at the expense of environmental pollution as well as social gains in the market. Therefore, the article noted that in recognition of these challenges, the global researchers who initially perceived the practice as fringe research unworthy of research has gained momentum and recognition in the market. In this case, many studies have been developed on the verge of raising increased sustainability practices in the market on organizational supply chain management (p. 45). However, the article highlights the issue that despite the increased focus, the reviews and developed researches have focused on developing mitigation measures and approaches to changing the current systems to make them sustainable.
In this connection, the article argues that issue such as harm reduction, limited stakeholder’ s involvement, a focus on the familiar, limits of empicarism and measuring supply chain impacts (p. 47). Although the article supports increased developments in the research studies conducted in favour and in support of sustainable supply chain, it argues that the changes should be addressed on measures of developing new sustainable systems in the market.
Therefore, through this approach, the article recommends the development of alternative practices and procedures for dealing with sustainable supply chain management practices (p. 49). Positive Critique Harm Elimination A review of the article analysis establishes that a majority of the existing literature and research studies are focused on the development of practices and processes through which harm and negative implication in the environment are relatively reduced. This theoretical argument can be supported through the increasing application of supply chain systems benchmarking as well as the application of lean supply chain management.
Both of these practices, although milestones towards the development and enhancement of sustainable supply chain practices, they all focus on the development of reducing the unsustainability of the current systems to make them increasingly sustainable instead of developing sustainable systems altogether in the market. On one hand, Soni and Kodali (2010, p. 47) agree with this argument that the development of supply chain benchmarks involves the processes of evaluating the practices adopted by various organisations and their overall economic gains. In this regard, the benchmark practice evaluates the economic gains organisations face in the event of sustainability practice applications.
Therefore, under this strategic approach, the organisations only apply sustainable practices that ensure increased economic gains per unit of environmental and social harm reduced. Similarly, the application of a lean supply chain approach applies the same theoretical concept. In this regard, the development of a lean supply chain process is based on the reduction of operational practices that ensures reduced harm on the environment and society as well as increased economic gains.
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