Green procurement and green supplier development: Antecedents and effects on supplier performance

Constantin Blome, Daniel Hollos, Antony Paulraj

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Abstract

This study adopts the opposing theoretical views of legitimacy - institutional and strategic - in evaluating firm performance and top management commitment as antecedents to green procurement and green supplier development. Additionally, the impact of green procurement and green supplier development on supplier performance is analysed. Using a sample of western European companies, we develop a structural equation model to test our hypotheses. We find that the buying firm's market performance positively relates to the adoption of green procurement. While financial performance has no effect on green procurement, top management commitment is found to be an important driver of both green procurement and green supplier development. Moreover, the relationship between green procurement and supplier performance is fully mediated by green supplier development. The paper addresses a research gap concerning firm-level antecedents for green procurement and green supplier development showing that both practices may impact supplier performance. Furthermore, it is shown that legitimacy concerns drive basic green procurement, whereas top management is decisive for advanced practices, such as green supplier development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-49
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Financial performance
  • Green procurement
  • Green supplier development
  • Market performance
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Supplier performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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