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Barriers to Reverse Logistics in the Computer Supply Chain Using Interpretive Structural Model

Syed Mithun Ali (), Asraf Arafin (), Md. Abdul Moktadir (), Towfique Rahman () and Nuzhat Zahan ()
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Syed Mithun Ali: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Asraf Arafin: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Md. Abdul Moktadir: University of Dhaka
Towfique Rahman: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Nuzhat Zahan: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 2018, vol. 19, issue 1, 53-68

Abstract: Abstract Researchers and practitioners are paying attention to reverse logistics (RL) issues due to growing environmental concerns, competitive advantage, promising financial potential, legislative reasons and social responsibility. This study aims to examine the contextual relationship and interactions among barriers to implement RL practices in the computer supply chain of Bangladesh. We applied Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) technique to diagnose significant barriers and proposed a hierarchical framework for investigating the relationships among them. We also used MICMAC (Matriced’ Impacts Croisés Multiplication Appliquée á unClassement) analysis to classify the barriers based on the driving power and dependence among them. Seven barriers were finalized in the Bangladesh context based on the previous literature and professional feedback. The findings reveal that financial constraints along with the lack of interest from top management are the most influential barriers to RL for the computer supply chains of Bangladesh. The ISM-based analysis can provide managers with insights for developing strategies for implementing RL practices in the computer supply chain of Bangladesh.

Keywords: Barrier analysis; Bangladesh; Computer supply chain; ISM; Reverse logistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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