Special Issue "Quality Management and Sustainable Development"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018
Prof. Dr. Iñaki Heras Saizarbitoria
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain
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Interests: corporate environmental management; environmental management systems; energy management; corporate biodiversity management; corporate social responsibility; environmental reporting; socio-economic impact of renewable energy systems; transdisciplinary research; critical management studies
Prof. Dr. Olivier Boiral
Departement of Management, Faculty of Business Administration, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
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Interests: sustainability; corporate environmental management; environmental management systems; environmental reporting; energy management; corporate biodiversity management; corporate social responsibility
The purpose of this Special Issue is to shed light on the potential contributions of Quality Management on Corporate Environmental Management and other related Sustainability issues.
The mainstream scholarly and practitioner literature underlines that best management principles, models, and practices contribute positively to achieve Sustainable Development. In this vein, the relevance of the adoption of management practices, such as Management System Standards—also referred to as meta-standards, such as ISO 9001—and Business Excellence Models (such as the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) self-assessment model or the Deming Prize Model) and their potential positive impact on Sustainability (e.g., the improvement of corporate environmental performance) have been underlined in the literature. The proper ISO 14001 standard for Corporate Environmental Management and other ISO standards of the general field of sustainability (e.g., ISO 50001) are based on a set of Quality Management principles and practices, such as the process and continuous improvement approach, the evidence-based decision making, the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, etc. Nevertheless, the positive win–win relationship between Quality Management (approach and practices) and Sustainability is far from automatic and foreseeable. More research is needed to shed light on the mentioned relationship. Therefore, we call for manuscripts that combine rigor with relevance and shed light on this increasingly relevant topic.
We invite original contributions with theoretical insights, empirical data analysis (qualitative or quantitative), case studies or other suitable methods to try to shed light on the mentioned issues. The scope of the Special Issue includes (but is not limited to) the following topics: Management for Sustainability; implications for Sustainability of the main principles, frameworks, models and/or practices associated to Quality Management; impact of Quality Management standards (e.g., ISO 9001) and/or models (e.g., EFQM) on environmental performance; integration of Management Standards (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)) and Sustainability implications.
This Special Issue of Sustainability has been promoted by the Research Network on Management Standards-RMS (www.rnms.info), a network which aims to become a scholarly reference in the field of research of Quality Management, Corporate Environmental Management and Management System Standards.Prof. Dr. Iñaki Heras Saizarbitoria
Prof. Dr. Olivier Boiral
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Francesco Testa
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- quality management
- total quality management
- environmental management
- environmental performance
- ISO 9001
- ISO 14001
- Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
- business excellence models
- European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Ali Bastas * and Kapila Liyanage
Affiliation: College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom
* Correspondence: A.firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: +447412016279
Abstract: Driven by the increasing stakeholder and societal pressures, organizations and supply chains face the multi-dimensional challenges of not only integrating economic, environmental and social agendas into their management systems but also to drive continual sustainability performance improvement. Aiming to support the organizations in this sustainable development challenge, this paper explores the strategic management principles of ISO9001 and supply chain integration from the lens of triple bottom line sustainability. Derived from theoretical synergies, a conceptual framework for integration, measurement and improvement of triple bottom line sustainability is constructed and a business diagnostic tool introduced to facilitate the implementation of the framework. The developed conceptual framework and diagnostic tool are verified through an expert panel-based Delphi study and positive relationships formulated between the management principles of ISO9001, supply chain integration and sustainability management. The facilitating and catalyzing role of quality management and supply chain management principles for integration and improvement of organizational sustainability is outlined.
Keywords: quality management; supply chain management; ISO9001:2015; supply chain integration; sustainability; sustainable development; integrated management framework; Delphi study