The effects of socio-technical integration on sustainability practices : a supply chain perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-441
Journal / PublicationIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Issue number2
Online published6 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


Purpose - This study aims to investigate sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) through the lens of socio-technical system (STS) theory. Specifically, it examines the individual and synergistic effects of social and technical integration on two main sustainability practices (i.e. sustainable production and sustainable sourcing). Supply chain uncertainty is further explored as a key environmental factor. 
Design/methodology/approach - A moderated joint effects model was hypothesized. A sample of 759 manufacturing firms was used to test the proposed hypotheses by hierarchical linear regression. 
Findings - The results show that both social and technical integration have positive effects on sustainable production and sustainable sourcing. Interestingly, social and technical integration have an enhancing synergistic effect on sustainable sourcing, which is further strengthened in high-uncertainty supply chains. 
Originality/value - This study extends the application of STS theory in the SSCM setting. It enriches the sustainability literature by uncovering the impact of the interplay among the firm's social, technical and environmental systems on sustainable production and sourcing, and offers system-wide insights for sustainability management.

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  • Moderated joint effect, Socio-technical system, Supply chain uncertainty, Sustainability, Sustainable production, Sustainable sourcing

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