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Integrating EMS into SCM: A Case Study of Methods, Benefits and Barriers at Sandvik Tooling
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of this research is to explore the benefits and barriers of integrating EMS to SCM in Sandvik Tooling. While exploring that, it is intended to gain insights into the methods employed to integrate the systems and find out the type of integration used in practice.

Design/methodology/approach – Explorative case study method is employed in this research paper. Primary data is obtained through semi-structured interviews and observations. Triangulation, respondent validation, peer review are the principal strategies employed to ensure validity and reliability of this study.

Findings – Sandvik Tooling employed a composite view of integration in which verbal and documented forms of information exchanged together with novel solutions to provide integration throughout supply chain on the basis of common goals and vision, shared values and resources. Integration is provided with a balanced mixture of interactions and collaborations. Benefits of integration are categorized as environmental, economic, and organizational benefits. On the other side, barriers are presented as internal and external barriers.

Practical Implications – This research paper has significant practical contributions to businesses with presenting the ways to integrate and analyze these two systems and demonstrate barriers to overcome and benefits to take advantage of.

Originality/value – Environmental management systems and supply chain management topics received considerable interest among researchers in recent decades. However there is a lack of research about how these two systems can be integrated and what kind of integration will best define this integration type. Analyzing barriers and benefits of integration process will also advance and contribute our knowledge in this research area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
Supply chain management, Environmental management system, Integration, Barriers, Benefits
National Category
Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21299OAI: diva2:909969
Subject / course
Industrial engineering and management
Educational program
Management of logistics and innovation (Sweden – China) – master’s programme (one year) (in eng)
2011-10-24, 23:309, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-11Bibliographically approved

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