Title

INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY FOR MEGA-EVENTS: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF DUBAI EXPO 2020

Publication Name

Event Management

Abstract

This study investigates the sustainability aspects of the developmental operations of the EXPO 2020 mega-event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The research methodology combines a case study design with a structured questionnaire-based survey involving the participating firms: suppliers of EXPO 2020. Based on the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, the case study design develops strategies to be implemented in the development, planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and return stages of EXPO operations and assesses the sustainability aspect of the event’s supply chains. The survey results are obtained by applying the partial least square-based structural equation modelling (PLS SEM) and the analysis is performed using the SMARTPLS model to test for the quality criteria, bootstrapping, and consistency of the sustainability development model. The sustainability development model developed in this study may influence the supply chains supporting this mega-event to enhance the participating suppliers’ sustainability performance. The study findings have implications for organizations that strive for excellence through innovation, by understanding the relationship between the SCOR model chapters and their environmental impacts as an outcome moderated by digitization of the processes. This study is the first to use the SMARTPLS model to stimulate the relationship between sustainability factors and environmental outcomes, mediated by sustainability. While EXPO 2020/21 developments are ongoing at the time of this writing, this study’s findings could benefits stakeholders of the supply chain in the ecosystem of UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

Open Access Status

This publication is not available as open access

Volume

26

Issue

6

First Page

1409

Last Page

1432

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/152599522X16419948391032