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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: closed (30 September 2018).
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
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
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- 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)