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Title: Constructing the green supply chain for rural tourism in China : perspective of front-back stage decoupling
Authors: Chen, J
Guan, J
Xu, BJ 
Clergeau, C
Keywords: Case study
Front-backstage decoupling
Green supply chain
Rural tourism
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: Sustainability, 2018, v. 10, no. 11, 4276 How to cite?
Journal: Sustainability 
Abstract: Rural tourism serves as an important engine for rural development, but also brings environmental pressure. The balance between sustainability and local economic benefits is critical to rural tourism development in developing countries. Incorporating the theories of green supply chain and front-back stage decoupling, this paper proposes a new model of green tourism supply chain for rural tourism to relieve the dilemma between economic efficiency and environmental sustainability. Back-stage functions have been decoupled from individual rural tourism service units to form shared service centers, which centralize the provision of back-stage functions and generate an independent tier of suppliers in the green Tourism Supply Chain (TSC). Field practice experiences relating to green TSC construction and operation are also discussed. The new structure of green supply chain shows positive environmental and economic effects of rural tourism. It increases the tourism business efficiency without sacrificing the local environment. The paper intends to present a new perspective and explores a new research path to green supply chain research in tourism and other service industries which have been previously limited in manufacturing framework and provide some insights into tourism destination practice.
EISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su10114276
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions ofthe Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
The following publication: Chen, J.; Guan, J.; Xu, J.B.; Clergeau, C. Constructing the Green Supply Chain for Rural Tourism in China: Perspective of Front–Back Stage Decoupling. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4276 is available at
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