Collaborative Supply Chains and Environmental Awareness: A Typology in Terms of Proximity

Corinne Blanquart, Valentina Carbone, 2014

Name of publisher/editor

Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal

Summary & key words

The aim of this article is to examine collaborative supply chain practices and their related ways of integrating environmental dimensions. Seven case studies of collaboration were analysed through the lens of proximity economics, a theoretical framework at the crossroads of spatial and industrial economics. Starting with a sample of collaborative initiatives, taken from the professional press specialized in logistics, and further studied through in-depth interviews and secondary data analysis, a typology of collaborative practices was developed. This typology highlights the specifics of the relationships between firms associated with a particular degree of environmental awareness. It proves that the way of addressing environmental concerns is neither univocal nor simplistic and is related to different forms of interaction between actors.


Subject (Categories)

social environmental