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Understanding the implications of Belt and Road Initiative for sustainable supply chains: An environmental perspective
journal contributionposted on 21.09.2020, 00:00 by A Butt, Imran Ali
Purpose – This research aims to explore the potential impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on sustainable supply chains. Design/methodology/approach – This study employs twenty qualitative interviews with supply chain managers located on the BRI lane from Asian countries. Findings – Findings revealed that if not managed properly, BRI can pose a serious threats to sustainable supply chains from environmental perspective. The findings also revealed additional properties which lead to the emergence of these perspective. Research limitations/implications – The findings of this study may not be generalizable to a broader population. Second, this study explores supply chain managers’ interpretations from Asian countries only. Practical implications – Supply chain firms can use the findings from this study to understand the implications of BRI for sustainable supply chains. Particularly, firms can understand how the BRI may harm the organization’s sustainable supply chains from the environmental perspective. Originality/value – This is, perhaps, the first study which provides empirical evidence concerning the potential impacts of BRI on the management of sustainable supply chains.