Strategic sourcing in the UK bioenergy industry

James A. Scott, William Ho, Prasanta K. Dey

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Successful supply chain management requires the management of a complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-criteria system. Stakeholder inclusion in the supply chain design and decision making processes is an area of growing interest for companies looking to design sustainable supply chains or produce sustainable products. This paper demonstrates the use of the integrated quality function deployment and analytic hierarchy process (QFD-AHP) method for the inclusion of a wide group of stakeholder requirements into the supplier selection process. The method provides a weighted ranked list of evaluating criteria which can be used to assess potential suppliers in the UK renewable bioenergy industry. The bioenergy industry is suitable as there are many stakeholders placing various requirements upon potential biomass suppliers. The paper uses a mixture of literature review and semi-structured industry interviews to answer three research questions: which stakeholder groups are important when selecting biomass suppliers for the UK? What requirements are made by these stakeholders on the supply of biomass fuels and feedstocks? Which evaluating criteria are most important?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-490
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number2
Early online date1 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding: ESRC through the EREBUS (Engaging research for business transformation) cluster in the West Midlands region of the UK; CASE studentship


  • bioenergy
  • strategic sourcing
  • multi-stakeholder
  • multi-criteria
  • quality function deployment
  • analytic hierarchy process


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