Can circular healthcare economy be achieved through implementation of sustainable healthcare supply chain practices? Empirical evidence from Indian healthcare sector

Amit Vishwakarma, G. S. Dangayach, M. L. Meena, Sumit Gupta, Deepika Joshi, Sandeep Jagtap

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Abstract

Purpose: Idea of circular economy defies the classical “make-use-dispose” approach of linear economic model. In the context of health-care industry, it relies heavily on the supply chain practices implemented by industry stakeholders. The purpose of this study is to explore such relationships, study their structure and put it across for attaining sustainability at large. Design/methodology/approach: This study is an empirical research conducted on 145 health-care firms. The collected data is analysed to develop structural and measurement model. The five constructed hypotheses are examined and tested through structural equation modelling. Findings: The study illustrates the latent relationships that exist among the stakeholders involvement, sustainable supply chain practices, sustainable performance and circular economy for health-care industry. It is found that the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices improves health-care performance, which, in turn, have positive influence on circular economy. Research limitations/implications: The structural and measurement model is developed in the context of circular health-care economy. It can be validated or improvised by conducting similar research in other industry using different methods. This research work fulfils the long existing gap in research by offering a linkage between various constructs to achieve health-care circular economy. Based on the research results, future researchers can build theories of circular economy and sustainability for health-care industry. Originality/value: The study attempts to study the supply chain ways to achieve circular economy for Indian health-care sector. It considered latent relationships among the set of constructs, which are needed for theory building at later stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-246
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Apr 16
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Free keywords

  • Both
  • Circular health-care economy
  • Stakeholders involvement
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Sustainable performance
  • Sustainable supply chain practices

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