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Special issue on Performance measurement of sustainable supply chains

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

Special issue on Performance measurement of sustainable supply chains

Guest Editors:

Given the reality of global warming and the rapid usage of natural resources, academics and non-academics have recently focused their attention on the sustainability aspect of supply chains. Similar to the questions proposed by Piplani et al. (2008) and Hassini et al. (2012), there are key questions that need to be answered, such as: How to distribute the sustainability-related costs and gains among supply chain partners? How could sustainability inform and determine the design or redesign of highly performing supply chains? What set of performance measures could capture the effect of major disruptions in sustainable supply chains? Are performance measures in sustainable supply chains generic, or industry-specific?

Performance measurement in this context refers to the study of supply chains taking into account the triple bottom line, i.e. economic, social and environmental dimensions (Elkington, 1997, Carter and Rogers, 2008). We are particularly interested in research that takes into account all these three dimensions in a single research paper.

The purpose of this special issue is to present the most recent theoretical and practical developments in performance measurement of sustainable supply chains. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Supply chain management
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Reverse logistics
  • Case studies
  • Design and redesign of sustainable supply chains
  • Measurement methodologies and challenges.

Submission deadline: 31 March 2013

Paper submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts in MSWord to

Authors must select "Special Issue: Performance Measurement of Sustainable Supply Chains'' when selecting the article type.

By submitting a manuscript author(s) certify that the contribution is original and has not been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere and that no part of the material breaches the right of others. All articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two anonymous referees. Authors are advised to ensure that their submission conforms to the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management author's guidelines at:


Carter, C.R. and Rogers, D.S. (2008), ``A framework of sustainable supply chain management: moving toward new theory'', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 360-87.

Elkington, J. (1997), Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, Capstone, Oxford, 402 pp.

Hassini, E., Surti, C. and Searcy, C. (2012), ``A literature review and a case study of sustainable supply chains with a focus on metrics'', International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 140 No. 1, November, pp. 69-82.

Piplani, R., Pujawan, N. and Ray, S. (2008), ``Foreword: sustainable supply chain management'', International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 111 No. 2, pp. 193-4.