Example Abstracts – Business

A Survey of Green Supply Chain Management in Midwest Manufacturing

 

Lakshmi Shilpa Penumatsa (student), François Giraud-Carrier (Mentor), and Atul Agarwal (Mentor), Department of Management Information Systems

 

The Midwest has a long tradition of manufacturing and accounts for 30% of U.S. manufacturing (Mid-western Governors Association 2010). For example, more than 60% of all automobiles and 40% of machinery and primary metals manu-factured in the U.S. are built in the Midwest (Midwestern Governors Association 2010). Manufacturing and the associated logistics and transportation activities can negatively impact the natural environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, industrial and transportation activities contribute 46.8% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, a major contributor to climate change (Environmental Protection Agency 2016). Consumers and regulators are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of industrial activities on the natural environment and the ecosystems that support life. As a result, manufacturers in the Midwest have started adopting environmentally friendly, i.e., green supply chain management practices, which include collaborating with  suppliers and customers to reduce, reuse and recycle, adopting green technologies and developing environmental management systems such as training and incentive programs. In this paper, we survey manufacturing companies in the Midwest to answer the following questions:

  1. To what extent do Midwestern manufacturing companies adopt green supply chain management (GSCM) practices?
  2. What drives the adoption of GSCM practices by these companies?
  3. What are the benefits of GSCM perceived by these companies?