Maturity models in supply chain sustainability

A systematic literature review

Elisabete Correia, Helena Carvalho, Susana G. Azevedo, Kannan Govindan*

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Abstract

A systematic literature review of supply chain maturity models with sustainability concerns is presented. The objective is to give insights into methodological issues related to maturity models, namely the research objectives; the research methods used to develop, validate and test them; the scope; and the main characteristics associated with their design. The literature review was performed based on journal articles and conference papers from 2000 to 2015 using the SCOPUS, Emerald Insight, EBSCO andWeb of Science databases. Most of the analysed papers have as main objective the development of maturity models and their validation. The case study is the methodology that is most widely used by researchers to develop and validate maturity models. From the sustainability perspective, the scope of the analysed maturity models is the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) and environmental dimension, focusing on a specific process (eco-design and new product development) and without a broad SC perspective. The dominant characteristics associated with the design of the maturity models are the maturity grids and a continuous representation. In addition, results do not allow identifying a trend for a specific number of maturity levels. The comprehensive review, analysis, and synthesis of the maturity model literature represent an important contribution to the organization of this research area, making possible to clarify some confusion that exists about concepts, approaches and components of maturity models in sustainability. Various aspects associated with the maturity models (i.e., research objectives, research methods, scope and characteristics of the design of models) are explored to contribute to the evolution and significance of this multidimensional area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number64
JournalSustainability
Volume9
Issue number1
Number of pages26
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • Supply chain
  • Sustainability
  • Systematic literature review

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Correia, Elisabete ; Carvalho, Helena ; Azevedo, Susana G. ; Govindan, Kannan. / Maturity models in supply chain sustainability : A systematic literature review. In: Sustainability. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 1.
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In: Sustainability, Vol. 9, No. 1, 64, 2017.

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