Profits in reverse? An examination of the decisive factors for reverse supply chain profitability

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    Although the concept of the reverse supply chain (RSC) is not unknown in industry, an inhibitor for its successful use is low (or no) profitability. A research challenge is investigating ways to establish the RSC as a profit-creating center in the organization. This paper contributes to this challenge by examining the factors decisive for whether a firm will achieve profits from operating a RSC. By combining a literature review and multiple case study, the paper identifies a set of factors that prohibit or advance RSC-profitability and develops a set of propositions that define the relation between each factor and RSC-profitability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd EurOMA Conference
    Number of pages10
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event22nd EurOMA Conference: Operations Management for Sustainable Competitiveness - Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    Duration: 26 Jun 20151 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 22


    Conference22nd EurOMA Conference


    • Reverse supply chain
    • Reverse logistics
    • Original equipment manufacturer

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