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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Jill Murray


Some industrial company leaders fail to implement green supply chain management (GSCM) as a viable strategy to increase organizational profitability. Business owners who fail to implement green supply chain management practices are at a competitive disadvantage. Grounded in the corporate sustainability model, the purpose of this qualitative, single-case study was to explore GSCM strategies that supply chain managers need to improve organizational competitive advantage. The participants comprised four enterprise leaders and four supply chain operation employees with a minimum of 5 years’ experience each and the responsibility for daily GSCM operations at a Lebanese manufacturing company. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and a review of organizational archival documents. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Three main themes emerged: (1) the need for green practices engagement across the supply chain, (2) the importance of acquiring certifications, and (3) the requirement to use a balanced scorecard as a monitoring model to translate competitive strategies into key performance indicators. Enterprise leaders should implement green purchasing, green manufacturing, green distribution, green packaging, green marketing, environmental education, internal environmental management, and investment recovery. The implication for positive social change includes providing GSCM strategies to acquire a competitive advantage and informing business managers on strategies that maximize environmental conservation and minimize adverse environmental impacts, such as global warming.

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