Towards Integrated Environmental Management Systems
Centre for International Business and Sustainability (London Metropolitan Business School), Working Paper No. 17
27 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2009 Last revised: 17 Apr 2014
Date Written: September 1, 2009
Organisations are increasingly expected to deal with environmental pressures caused by their operations. Although a number of environmental standards have been designed to enable them achieve their environmental goals, many organisations have struggled with the implementation of these standards. Thus, the purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, it presents an analysis of relevant environmental standards and reports problems faced by organisations in implementing them. Second, it suggests a novel methodological framework for the design and implementation of integrated environmental management systems into mainstream business systems. The suggested methodological framework draws on complex systems science. This is among the few papers, which have explored the links between the structuralist and functionalist perspectives, as a means towards systems integration. The concluding results of this work is that the implementation of integrated environmental management systems can be effectively and efficiently achieved by viewing its as an integrated component of the overall infrastructure of an organisation using a flexible and adaptive conceptual model and an object-oriented methodology.
Keywords: Standards, environmental management, Europe, complex systems science, object-oriented systems design
JEL Classification: Q20
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