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Special Issue "Enterprise Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dennis F.X. Mathaisel

Mathematics/Science Division, Babson College, Babson Park, MA 02457, USA
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Interests: enterprise sustainability; sustainability of complex and aging systems; lean manufacturing.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability and sustainable development have become popular goals. They have also become wide-ranging terms that can be applied to any entity or enterprise on a local or a global scale for long time periods. Sustainability has many interpretations. Recently, the term has been used more in the context of the environment, referring to having “no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy.” However, the more traditional meaning centers around the words “endure”, “maintain”, or “support” an entity or enterprise, which is the focus of this special issue.

Sustainability is an ability: the ability to remain productive long term while minimizing waste and creating value. To be sustainable, the entity or enterprise, whether it is an ecological, environmental, human, or enterprise, must possess five “abilities”: availability; dependability; capability; affordability; and marketability. Availability is access to the right technology, materials, facilities, tools, and people that makes sustainability possible. Dependability concentrates on the reliability of the services or products of the enterprise. Capability is about performance metrics, measures, and management. Affordability concentrates on the cost. Marketability deals with defining the market for the products or services, understanding consumer needs, managing changes over time, identifying improvements for the benefit of the stakeholders, and marketing the sustainability concepts to those resistant to change.

Prof. Dr. Dennis F.X. Mathaisel
Guest Editor

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  • enterprise sustainability
  • sustainability of complex and aging systems
  • lean manufacturing

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Open AccessArticle Unified Efficiency Measurement of Electric Power Supply Companies in China
Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 779-793; doi:10.3390/su6020779
Received: 16 December 2013 / Revised: 17 January 2014 / Accepted: 28 January 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
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This paper measured the economic and unified efficiency of 24 electric power supply companies in China. With the development of a low carbon economy, further requirements for energy-saving and emission-reducing have been put forward for electric power supply companies. In this case, we
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This paper measured the economic and unified efficiency of 24 electric power supply companies in China. With the development of a low carbon economy, further requirements for energy-saving and emission-reducing have been put forward for electric power supply companies. In this case, we considered the desirable (good) outputs (e.g., electricity sale amount) and undesirable (bad) outputs (e.g., line loss) in evaluating the performance of power supply companies. We combined the unified efficiency data envelopment analysis (DEA) model and the super-efficiency DEA model to create tge USDEA model, calculating companies’ unified efficiency. The unified efficiency DEA model can easily incorporate both desirable and undesirable outputs in a unified analytical structure. The super-efficiency data envelopment analysis model can make a comparison among various efficient decision making units (DMUs). Our results showed that the electric power supply companies of Hebei, Qinghai, Ningxia, Beijing and Shanghai achieved the highest levels of unified efficiency during the observed period (2003–2010), which differed from the economic efficiency results. The results meant that using unified efficiency to evaluate power supply companies will motivate them to care more about social and environmental benefit besides economic benefit. Full article
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