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The impact of sustainable manufacturing practices on sustainability performance: Empirical


evidence from Malaysia

Research Question To examine how sustainable manufacturing practices impact the


performance in terms of sustainability, that is, economic, social and environmental aspects.

Core Finding This paper shows that implementing sustainable manufacturing process is crucial to
improving sustainable processes and performance.

Methodology This research was carried out on the basis of a questionnaire survey carried out
among 443, ISO 14001 certified manufacturing companies present in Malaysia. Structural
equation modelling was used to evaluate sustainability performance.

Limitations Conducting this research in various countries other than Malaysia would give more
valuable datapoints. Several other variables could have been used such as economic scale, type
of industries and ownership.

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Subhendu Pradhan

1.Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis: A systematic review of approaches to sustainable


manufacturing-Mijoh A.GbededoaKapilaLiyanageaJose ArturoGarza-Reyes

Research Qs: In respect of the research question, this review focused on identifying the approaches
to sustainable manufacturing and determining up to what extent these approaches have
transitioned from segmented assessment methods to the holistic and integrated LCSA. The goal was
to identify gaps both in practice and research within the boundary of the gate-togate manufacturing
production domain

Core Finding: Effect of Lean & Environmental Manufacturing on Business performance


To enable development and implementation of Competitive Sustainable Manufacturing
Use of Energy Accounting for material and process selection
Robust Design Methodology (RDM) Application of RDM quality management in
Sustainable Product Development

Methodology: A four-phase approach as depicted in Fig. 1. The phases include: 1) The definition of
the research problem, 2) The data collection, 3) The data analysis and synthesis, and 5) The result
reporting and discussions phases

Limitation: Although UNEP (1998) has published guidelines for social LCA of products, the major
challenge in S-LCA still remains classification and quantification of social criteria.
2.The relationship between disclosures of corporate social performance and financial performance:
Evidences from GRI reports in manufacturing industry-LujieChena AndreasFeldmannb OuTanga

Research Qs: Is there a relationship between disclosures of corporate social performance and
financial performance.

Core Finding: Investigate the relationship between the disclosure of corporate social performance
and the financial performance. In this paper with the above study objective, we use Global Reporting
Initiative (GRI) reports of 75 sample companies, collect evidences by applying the method of
structured content analysis of the cases and attempt to identify this relationship.

Methodology: to investigate the relationship between the disclosure of corporate social


performance and the financial performance. In this paper with the above study objective, we use
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports of 75 sample companies, collect evidences by applying the
method of structured content analysis of the cases and attempt to identify this relationship.

Limitation: GRI reports are not sufficient in providing information for the CSR performance
assessment at suppliers' level The limited sample size restrains the possibility to conduct more
advanced statistical analysis

3.The effect of mandatory CSR disclosure on firm profitability and social externalities: Evidence from
China-Yi-ChunChena MingyiHunga Yongxiang Wangb

Research Qs: how governmental intervention in economic activities can impact pollution levels

Core finding: analysis exploits China’s 2008 mandate requiring firms to disclose CSR activities, using a
difference-in-differences design. Although the mandate does not require firms to spend on CSR, we
find that mandatory CSR reporting firms experience a decrease in profitability subsequent to the
mandate. In addition, the cities most impacted by the disclosure mandate experience a decrease in
their industrial wastewater and SO2 emission levels

Methodology: Using a difference-in-differences (DiD) research design, we compare the change in


firm performance among mandatory CSR reporting firms (treatment firms) with the change among
non-CSR reporting firms (benchmark firms). We focus on Ashare (local share) firms listed on the
Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) between 2006 and 2011, using
2006–2008 as the pre-period and 2009–2011 as the post-period.2 We run our analyses using a
propensity score-matched (PSM) sample by making our treatment and benchmark firms more
comparable on the observable covariates.

Limitation: The limited sample size restrains the possibility to conduct more advanced statistical
analysis

4.The Relationship between Lean and Sustainable Manufacturing on Performance: Literature


Review-SriHartiniUdisubaktiCiptomulyono

Research Question: explore and evaluate previous work focusing on the relationship and links
between Lean and sustainable manufacturing

Core Finding: A quantitative descriptive analysis and qualitative thematic analysis to provide an
analysis of relationship lean and sustainable manufacturing and its impact on performance

Methodology: The results are structured in two parts: firstly, it provide a quantitative descriptive
analysis to get an overview on the research agenda on Lean and sustainable manufacturing.
Secondly, this paper presents a qualitative thematic analysis to provide an analysis of relationship
lean and sustainable manufacturing and its impact on performance.

Limitation: The past research that provide strong evidence that plants with lean systems yield higher
green results supports the philosophical of Lean and sustainable synergy. But the research cannot
determine how much its impact is. When it is not possible to fully quantify through sustainable
measures, lean and sustainable manufacturing on performance and its related core characteristics
need to be represented within modelling.