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The Evolution of closed-loop supply chain research

Author: Guide, Daniel R. ; Van Wassenhove, Luk N.INSEAD Area: Technology and Operations Management Series: Working Paper ; 2008/07/TOM/ISIC Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 32 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to introduce the reader to the field of closed-loop supply chains with a strong business perspective, i.e., we focus on profitable value recovery from returned products. It recounts the evolution of research in this growing area over the last 15 years, during which it has developed from a narrow, technically focused niche area to a fully recognised sub-field of supply chain management. We use five phases to paint an encompassing view of this evolutionary process for the reader to understand past achievements and potential future OR research opportunities.
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The purpose of this paper is to introduce the reader to the field of closed-loop supply chains with a strong business perspective, i.e., we focus on profitable value recovery from returned products. It recounts the evolution of research in this growing area over the last 15 years, during which it has developed from a narrow, technically focused niche area to a fully recognised sub-field of supply chain management. We use five phases to paint an encompassing view of this evolutionary process for the reader to understand past achievements and potential future OR research opportunities.

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