The role of technology in supply chain decarbonisation: towards an integrated conceptual framework

Linqi Xu, Fu Jia*, Xiao Lin, Lujie Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This study aims to systematically review the current academic literature on the role of technologies in low-carbon supply chain management (SCM), identify and analyse critical themes and propose an integrated conceptual model. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review of 48 papers published between 2010 and 2022 was conducted. A conceptual model was advanced. Findings: Based on the analysis and synthesis of the reviewed papers, this review provides an initial attempt to integrate technology adoption and low-carbon SCM by developing a diffusion of innovation model of technology-enabled low-carbon SCM within the technology–organisation–environment (TOE) framework, in which drivers, enablers and barriers to technology adoption practices are identified. The environmental, economic and social outcomes of adoption practices are also identified. Originality/value: This study provides a novel and comprehensive roadmap for future research on technology-enabled low-carbon SCM. Furthermore, policy, as well as managerial implications, is presented for policymakers and managers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-824
Number of pages22
JournalSupply Chain Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023


  • Decarbonisation
  • Literature review
  • Low-carbon supply chain management
  • Technology innovation


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