A framework for strategy formulation in sustainable supply chains: a case study in the electric industry

  • María D. Gracia
  • Luis E. Quezada


The aim of a sustainable supply chain is the strategic integration of all social, environmental and economic goals within an organization, through a systematic coordination of key business processes in order to improve the long-term economic performance of a company and its value chain. This paper describes a new methodological approach to support the strategy formulation process in sustainable supply chains. The proposed methodology combines three analytical tools (analytic hierarchical process, fuzzy multi-objective optimization, and clustering methods) within a strategy formulation process, integrating the competitive and corporative strategies with the supply chain strategy on the basis of sustainability. A case study in the Mexican Federal Commission of Electricity Gulf-Center Distribution Division shows the capability of our proposed framework. This company is large and complex enough to encompass the whole issue of the supply chain. Results indicate that our methodology is a valid decision support tool to formulate a set of sustainable supply chain strategies, and it is able to generate a coordinated strategy for the management of a sustainable supply chain.


Supply chain management Sustainable supply chains Supply chain strategy Strategy formulation Analytical hierarchical process Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringUniversidad Autonoma de TamaulipasTamaulipasMexico
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Santiago of ChileSantiagoChile

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