Markets, Business and Sustainability


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Ilias P. Vlachos, George Malindretos

eISBN: 978-1-68108-025-3, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-68108-026-0



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Many studies on environmental and business sustainability have been conducted over the last couple of decades. These studies demonstra...[view complete introduction]

Table of Contents

Foreword

- Pp. i

Ioannis Pollalis

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Preface

- Pp. iii

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List of Contributors

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Introduction

- Pp. vii-ix (3)

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Critical Review on Sustainability and Supply Chain Challenges

- Pp. 3-28 (26)

George Malindretos and Ilias P. Vlachos

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Building Sustainability by Leaning the Construction Supply Chains: A Case Study for Hong Kong

- Pp. 29-50 (22)

Ilias P. Vlachos and Susan Kit Ling Siu

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Sustainable City Logistics Practices for Goods and Waste

- Pp. 51-71 (21)

George Malindretos and Konstadinos Abeliotis

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‘Citizens vs. Consumers: 0 - 1’: Is Consumption Behaviour Congruent with Citizens’ Attitudes towards Sustainable Pork Production?

- Pp. 73-97 (25)

Athanasios Krystallis

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Sustainable Food Supply Chain Networks

- Pp. 99-122 (24)

Jacqueline M. Bloemhof and Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst

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Reverse Logistics in Food Supply Chains

- Pp. 123-144 (22)

Vasileios Zeimpekis, Jacqueline Bloemhof and Michael Bourlakis

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Sustainable Procurement Adding Value to Consumers in Times of Economic Crisis

- Pp. 145-159 (15)

R.N. Lacroix, L. Laios and S. Moschuris

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Resource-Efficient Agri-Food Supply Chains: Setting the Research Agenda

- Pp. 161-172 (12)

Aristides Matopoulos

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Improving Environmental and Economic Performance in the Food Chain; the Lean and Green Paradigm

- Pp. 173-183 (11)

Keivan Zokaei, Ioannis Manikas and Samsad Reza

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Design for Globalized Green Supply Chain Networks with Nearshored Production

- Pp. 185-203 (19)

Eleftherios Iakovou, Dimitrios Vlachos and Maria Chatzipanagioti

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Optimal Planning of Integrated Logistical System Functioning Taking into Account Environment Protection

- Pp. 205-219 (15)

M.Ya. Postan

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Business Markets and Sustainability: The Way Forward

- Pp. 221-227 (7)

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Subject Index

- Pp. 229-232 (4)

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Foreword

During the last two decades, we have witnessed a proliferation of studies and reports about sustainability. Regarding the business dimension, senior leaders of organizations create the sustainability vision, mission and strategy, leading to the creation of sustainable value, and an organizational culture of sustainability. Regarding the market dimension, consumers around the globe turn into attention to sustainable products banning companies and supply chains that do not operate under sustainable ethos.

This book is well balanced around the aforementioned topics. It comes from a long co-operation of a number of researchers from different countries and diverse experiences in the fields of research, education and business consulting regarding sustainability. The strong connective links of the participants of this ‘think tank’ stand on common perspective, mutual understanding, trust and social responsibility.

Overall, the readers will benefit considerably from this book since they will enrich their understanding on how Markets, Business, and Sustainability are interconnected.

Ioannis Pollalis
University of Piraeus
Greece



Preface

This eBook deals with the “sustainability issue”, focusing attention on the integration of the value creation supply chain network and the maintained dynamic upstream and downstream R&D process of collective feed-back interaction. It is addressed particularly to practitioners of technological and management expertise to facilitate broader active partnership with critical importance for improving the “collective capabilities” to maximize “synergy effects” to create sustainable competitive advantage in the new and irreversible economic, social, cultural, physical and technological environment. To promote understanding of the interfirm and interdisciplinary character of the sustainability issue and the diffusion of knowledge, special attention is attributed to the structure of this publication and the simplicity of the text. Increased awareness and better level of understanding strengthen the possibilities of transforming “challenges” into “opportunities”, based on collective inventive innovations for value and wealth creation. The required leverage and breakthrough re-engineering are actually a matter of a new culture and attitudes of collective action along with “human capital” and “social capital” development and co-ordination of different expertise, know-how and experiences, based on strategic, tactical and operational planning and consistent implementation to offer reliable paradigm and contribute to sustainability performance with potential future constructive perspectives.

Ilias P. Vlachos
Northumbria University
UK

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George Malindretos
Harokopion University
Greece

List of Contributors

Editor(s):
Ilias P. Vlachos


George Malindretos




Contributor(s):
Konstadinos Abeliotis
Department of Home Economics and Ecology
Harokopion University of Athens
Greece


Jacqueline Bloemhof
Wageningen University
The Netherlands


Michael Bourlakis
Brunel University
UK


Maria Chatzipanagioti
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece


Eleftherios Iakovou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece


Athanasios Krystallis
Aarhus University
Denmark


Richard-Nicolas Lacroix
National School of Public Administration
Athens
Greece


Lampros Laios
University of Piraeus
Greece


George Malindretos
Department of Home Economics and Ecology
Harokopion University of Athens
Greece


Ioannis Manikas
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
University of Greenwich
UK


Aristides Matopoulos
Aston University
Engineering Systems & Management
UK


S. Moschuris
University of Piraeus
Greece


M.Ya. Postan
Odessa National Maritime University
Ukraine


Samsad Reza
University of Greenwich
UK


Dimitrios Vlachos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece


Ilias P. Vlachos
Northumbria University
UK


van der Jack Vorst
Wageningen University
The Netherlands


Vasileios Zeimpekis
Department of Financial & Management Engineering
University of the Aegean
Greece


Keivan Zokaei
University of Buckingham
UK




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