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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Supply Chains

  • Hassan Qudrat-Ullah


  • Provides comprehensive frameworks, models, and integrative solutions for sustainable supply chains

  • Examines innovative and integrative solutions that have proven successful in today’s complex sustainable supply chains

  • Includes methods, techniques, and perspectives for building better sustainable supply chains through creative use of evidence-based decision making

  • Features “managerial insights” describing new and innovative solutions for delivering sustainable performance across all phases of a supply chain


Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: An Overview of Sustainable Supply Chains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Unique Perspectives for the Sustainable Supply Chains

  4. The Innovative Solutions for Industry–Specific Supply Chains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Winai Wongsurawat, Vivek Shrestha
      Pages 263-288
    3. A. D. Nuwan Gunarathne, Deemantha G. Navaratne, Amanda E. Pakianathan, Yasasi T. Perera N.
      Pages 289-315
  5. Finale: Sustainable Supply Chains Continuum

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Hassan Qudrat-Ullah
      Pages 335-342
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 343-353

About this book


This book presents the latest decision making tools, techniques, and insightful solutions that decision makers utilize to overcome the challenges faced by their sustainable supply chains. Given the ever increasing significance of socio-economic and environmental factors, the management of sustainable supply chains has become a complex and dynamic task. Multiple and conflicting objectives of stakeholders including suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, and retailers add to the complexity of decisions that modern day managers of supply chains face. With the unprecedented technological developments and innovations at hand, sustainability can be maximized for all the activities of a supply chain including: service concept and product design, material sourcing and procurement, manufacturing processes, delivery of the final product, and end-of-life management of the product. Consequently, the sustainable supply chains' problems require a systematic and integrated approach. Modeling and simulation, in general, as well as system dynamics and agent-based modeling, in particular, have the capabilities to deal with the complexity of sustainable supply chain related problems. This book will appeal to professionals and researchers in the field.


sustainable supply chains models Evidence-based sustainable supply chain management Econometric models for emerging sustainable supply chains System dynamics and the sustainable supply chains Agent-based models and the sustainable supply chains Innovative and integrative sustainable supply chains Soft systems methods and the sustainable supply chains

Editors and affiliations

  • Hassan Qudrat-Ullah
    • 1
  1. 1.KFUPMCollege of Industrial ManagementDhahranSaudi Arabia

About the editors

Hassan Qudrat-Ullah is a member of the Springer Complexity Board.  He is Professor of Decision Sciences at the School of Administrative Studies at York University, Canada. His research interests include dynamic decision making, system dynamics modeling, and energy planning models.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods