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

23 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2013 Last revised: 1 Jul 2013

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David Drake

University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business

Stefan Spinler

WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

Date Written: July 1, 2013

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2241548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2241548

David Drake (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business ( email )

Boulder, CO 80309-0419
United States

Stefan Spinler

WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany
+49-261-6509430 (Phone)

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