Providing Sustainable Supply Chain Agility Model in the Brick Industry of Isfahan province

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Industrial Management, Alborz Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Prof., Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Prof., Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

4 Assistant Prof., Department of New Business Group, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran


Objective: Today, manufacturing companies must pay attention to environmental and social issues throughout the supply chain in order to survive. Many efforts have been made to examine the sustainable supply chain, but the agility of sustainable supply chain has been only observed in very few studies. Therefore, the aim of this study is to present an agility model of sustainable supply chain in the brick industry of Isfahan Province.
Methods: This study was a developmental applied research and was done in a qualitative way. A sample of 10 experts was determined by snowball sampling who were familiar with the research. Then, thematic analysis was used to help the semi-structured interview to extract concepts, categories and elements and the interpretive-structural modeling was used to establish the relationship between elements and formation of the model.
Results: Based on the obtained resulted of thematic analysis, 11 factors were determined (namely sociability, responsiveness, compliance with laws, speed, information technology, environmental protection, competence, flexibility, executive management commitment, quality management and economics. And with the help of descriptive-structural modeling method, executive management commitment was identified as the infrastructure of the model and two factors of socialization and environmental protection were as the head of the model.
Conclusion: To achieve sustainable supply chain agility in the bricks industry, Brick Industry executives should have the required commitment and readiness for the sustainable supply chain agility.


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