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Title: Green sourcing
Barrierer og dilemmaer
Author: Langholm Jensen, Anders
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis was first of all, to identify which barriers and dilemmas, the concept of Green Sourcing is facing according to the literature. After that, I tested to see if the identified barriers and dilemmas are consistent with the real world, by interviewing people from the corporate sector in Denmark. The goal was partly to see if they directly disagreed with the identified things, and also to see if they were able to help me identify new barriers and dilemmas, which have not yet been described in the literature. The goal was not to dismiss or recognize the barriers and dilemmas as facts, but more to try and understand them. During the literature-review, I have found 7 different kinds of both internal and external barriers towards the implementation of Green Sourcing in corporate businesses. Internal barriers are 1.Economic Resources, 2.Organizational Barriers and 3.Practical Barriers. The External Barriers were identified as 4.Suppliers, 5.Legislation, 6.Industry-specific barriers and 7.Educational Barriers. Six kinds of dilemmas were also identified during the literature-review; 1.Ideological/Strategic/theoretical dilemmas, 2.Materials, 3.Communication dilemmas, 4.General SCM-dilemmas, 5.What makes Green Sourcing, “Green”?, and 6.Economic Conditions. The Interviews basically confirmed the internal barriers, while there were a bit more disagreement towards the external. The economical and practical barriers are still seen as the most important. The dilemmas ended up being more of a discussion-starter, than really confirmable yes/no-anwers, mostly because there was a lot of similarity with the actual barriers. I also succeeded in identifying new barriers and dilemmas, during the interviews. The new barriers were: 1.Reluctance to benchmark prices with other purchasers, 2.The idea that green products are more expensive, origins from purchasers private consumption, 3.Purchasers invents their own environmental demands, 4.Green means to little in evaluation of tender offers, 5.Environmental labels are expensive and 6.Conflicting safety demands. The new dilemmas identified were: 1.Climate labels vs. environmental labels and 2.Rotation within areas of responsibility: Risk of supplier-friendship vs. specialized knowledge. These new barriers and dilemmas are off course all possible subjects to further research in the future.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10417/1756
Date: 2011-03-18
Pages: 95 s.
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