The task environment, resource commitment and reverse logistics performance: Evidence from the Taiwanese high-tech sector

Yi Chun Huang, Yen Chun Jim Wu, Shams Rahman

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The purpose of the study was to construct a model in order to understand the empirical effects of the task environment on reverse logistics resource commitment and the resulting performance. The Taiwanese computer, communication, and consumer electronics (3C) manufacturing and retail industries were investigated by questionnaire administration. Structural equation modelling was employed to model relationships among the latent constructs of the task environment, resource commitment, and environmental and economic performances. From 349 valid responses, it was found that the task environment has a positive and significant influence on resource commitment. In turn, resource commitment positively and significantly influences the economic and environmental performances of reverse logistics separately. Additionally, environmental performance significantly and positively influences economic performance, thus showing that it pays to be green. Under a climate of increasingly strict international regulations, governmental legislation and the increase in consumer environmentalism, firms are advised to appropriately reappraise their RL resource commitments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-863
Number of pages13
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number10-11
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes



  • environmental performance
  • resource commitment
  • reverse logistic
  • Taiwan
  • task environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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