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Mapping the trends of sustainable supply chain management research: a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed articles.

Amofa, Birago; Oke, Adekunle; Morrison, Zoe


Adekunle Oke


This bibliometric analysis explores the scope and knowledge base of scholarly efforts on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and how it has evolved in different economies and businesses to advance circular economy (CE) discourses in theory and practice across economies and businesses. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) guidelines and search syntax, a total of 2,574 peer-reviewed articles from journals indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, and ProQuest were analyzed. The results show an exponential growth in SSCM research since 2013 with 6,306 authors from 83 countries published in 675 journals; however, less attention is given to developing economies (DEs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The findings provide a useful direction for future research and theory development in SSCM, allowing scholars and businesses to implement true CE by addressing practical sustainability issues relevant to their operations and supply chains. This bibliometric analysis is the first study providing a holistic overview of SSCM research trends in developed countries (DCs), DEs, and MSMEs, and arguing for inter-disciplinary CE discourses and inter-organizational collaboration in SC to update and implement CE. This study makes important contributions to SSCM research and practice by providing multiple snapshots of the increasing growth trajectory of the idea of sustainability in SC and how its different aspects have evolved over the period.


AMOFA, B., OKE, A. and MORRISON, Z. 2023. Mapping the trends of sustainable supply chain management research: a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed articles. Frontiers in sustainability [online], 4, article 1129046. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 6, 2023
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2023
Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Deposit Date May 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 25, 2023
Journal Frontiers in Sustainability
Electronic ISSN 2673-4524
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Article Number 1129046
Keywords Sustainability; Bibliometric analysis; Circular economy ; Micro; Small and medium-sized enterprises; Sustainable supply chain management; Supply chain management
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