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July 25, 2007 / or4green

New old find: CLSC Issue of Interfaces

The November-December 2003 issue of the journal Interfaces had the following special section:
Closed-Loop Supply Chains: Practice and Potential

Contains these relevant articles:

1. Closed-Loop Supply Chains: Practice and Potential
V. Daniel R. Guide Jr.; Luk N. Van Wassenhove.

2. The Challenge of Closed-Loop Supply Chains
V. Daniel R. Guide Jr. ; Terry P. Harrison; Luk N. Van Wassenhove.

3. Strategic Management of Spare Parts in Closed-Loop Supply Chains-A System Dynamics Approach
Thomas Spengler; Marcus Schröter.

4. McGriff Treading Company Implements Service Contracts with Shared Savings
Prashant Yadav; David M. Miller; Charles P. Schmidt; Randy Drake.

5. Reconfiguring a Remanufacturing Line at Visteon, Mexico
Sunder Kekre; Uday S. Rao; Jayashankar M. Swaminathan; Jun Zhang.

6. Integrating Closed-Loop Supply Chains and Spare-Parts Management at IBM
Moritz Fleischmann; Jo A. E. E. van Nunen; Ben Gräve.

7. Closed-Loop Supply Chains for Spent Batteries
Frank Schultmann; Bernd Engels; Otto Rentz. Summary here.

The focus, at least as laid out in the “Challenge” paper is on developing new models that address the unique issues posed by closed-loop supply chains. Sustainability could be a beneficial side effect, that paper states later. This was interesting too:

Considerable research has concerned “green supply chains” or “environmentally responsible manufacturing.” However, no rational company will invest in environmental measures to save the earth. That’s not what companies are for, and legislation is not going to change that, except perhaps to make things worse if we are not careful… Companies need a viable business model that marries good business sense with environmental sustainability and allows companies to realize value out of returned products.

There has been some debate over these issues (e.g. do companies have a responsibility to their “stakeholders”?). See the book The Market for Virtue for example.

In any case, the issue is worth following up on, to be filed under References.

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