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Sustainable Operations Management: An Enduring Stream or a Passing Fancy?


David Drake


Harvard Business School - Technology & Operations Management

Stefan Spinler


WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

July 1, 2013

Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 13-084

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Paul Kleindorfer was among the first to weigh in on and nurture the stream of Sustainable Operations Management. The thoughts laid out here are based on conversations we had with Paul relating to the drivers underlying sustainability as a management issue: population and per capita consumption growth, the limited nature of resources and sinks, and the responsibility and exposure of firms to ensuing ecological risks and costs. We then discuss how an operations management lens contributes to the issue, and criteria to help the Sustainable Operations Management perspective endure. This article relates to a presentation delivered by Morris Cohen for Paul's Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Distinguished Fellows Award, given at Columbia University, June 18, 2012. We wrote this article at Paul's request.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Sustainable operations management, Sustainability, Environment, Paul Kleindorfer

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Date posted: March 29, 2013 ; Last revised: July 1, 2013

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Drake, David and Spinler, Stefan, Sustainable Operations Management: An Enduring Stream or a Passing Fancy? (July 1, 2013). Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 13-084. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2241548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2241548

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David Drake (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Technology & Operations Management ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
Stefan Spinler
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )
Burgplatz 2
Vollender, 56179
Germany
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