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


Business Administration


Carol A. Faint


Most multinational company leaders lack effective strategies to achieve sustainability in their supply chains. Multinational company leaders who struggle to sustain supply chains, experience poor business performance creating risks of business failure. Grounded in systems theory, a qualitative multiple case study was conducted to explore successful strategies that leaders of multinational companies implemented to achieve sustainability throughout their supply chains. The participants comprised 6 business leaders of multinational consumer packaged goods companies in northern Vermont who have successfully implemented strategies for achieving sustainability in their global supply chains. Data were collected through semistructured face-to-face interviews, internal company supply chain documents, and supply chain partner company websites. Thematic analysis of the collected data was performed. Five themes coalesced from the analyzed data: consumer brand-led sustainability initiatives, cross-cultural communication of mutual business objectives, training and education of supply chain partners, technology platform alignment between supply chain partners, and mitigation of political influences. Implementing the findings of this study may contribute to positive social change by increasing employment opportunities resulting from stable businesses and economic development in the communities where the companies operate.

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