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Sustainability Performance Indicators for Industrial Enterprise Management  [cached]
Jurgis K. Stani?kis,Valdas Arba?iauskas
Environmental Research, Engineering and Management , 2009, DOI: 10.5755/j01.erem.48.2.13
Abstract: Sustainable development is increasingly considered to be a driving strategy for development. Despite the fact that sustainability performance evaluation receives broad attention from international organizations, industrial enterprises and researchers, a lot of unanswered questions remain in this area. It is commonly agreed that the use of performance indicators is a most effective way to evaluate sustainability performance, but design/ selection of sustainability performance indicators and their application wait to be explored at both national and enterprise levels until the consensus concerning the most effective performance indicator systems and methodologies for their application is achieved. This article (i) provides an overview of different sustainability performance evaluation systems with identification of their strengths and weaknesses in respect of improved management effectiveness at an enterprise level; (ii) presents recommendations for development/ selection of sustainability performance indicators that would make it possible to increase effectiveness of decision-making and to promote application of preventive measures, and (iii) provides recommendations how the process of sustainability performance evaluation could be carried out by industrial enterprises in practice.
Sustainability Assessment Methods and Their Application to Harmonization of Policies and Sustainability Monitoring  [cached]
Dalia ?treimikien?,Stasys Girdzijauskas,Liutauras Sto?kus
Environmental Research, Engineering and Management , 2009, DOI: 10.5755/j01.erem.48.2.15
Abstract: Sustainability assessment methods and techniques are analyzed in this paper. Criteria for sustainability assessment of state policies are defined as based on priorities of the National Sustainable Development Strategy. Technique for sustainability assessment of state policies is developed. An integrated indicators approach is constructed for monitoring implementation of a sustainable development strategy in Lithuania. This work aims at developing the technique for sustainability assessment of state policies and measures based on various sustainability assessment tools, methods and techniques developed by other scientists. The most important methods and techniques for sustainability assessment are analyzed and systematized. Based on the analysis of priorities of Lithuanian government policies the principal economic, environmental and social criteria for sustainability assessment of policies and measures are established for Lithuania. The proposed multi-criteria decision analysis technique is based on the integrated sustainability indices developed for the state, region, enterprise level and it includes a set of social, economic and environmental indicators of different levels. Monitoring technique for the progress achieved towards sustainability is applied to monitoring implementation of the Lithuanian sustainable development strategy.
Innovative management on the base of enterprise foreign-economic activity state estimate indicators
B.B. Liubych
Marketing ì Mened?ment Innovacìj , 2011,
Abstract: The article is dedicated to investigation of approaches to determination of enterprise foreign economic operations efficiency. The Problems of Estimate of Enterprise management in context of realization foreign-economic activity Considered. Estimate Indicators of Foreign-economic activity management Classified on the base of modern development paradigm of management mechanism.
Research on Enterprise International Competitive Advantage Sustainability  [cached]
Jiwei Liu,Jinying Huang
International Journal of Business and Management , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ijbm.v4n2p89
Abstract: The economical globalization brings the enterprise competition globalization is an indisputable fact, the enterprise participates in the international division of labor and the international competition becomes the question which any enterprise may can’t avoid, how the enterprise establishes the competitive advantage in the international competition, and maintains the sustainable competitive advantage is very important regarding to the enterprise’s development and survival. This article has analyzed enterprise international competitive advantage and the connotation and forms of mechanism of the sustainability, and has constructed the enterprise sustainable competitive advantage model.
A Methodology for Assessing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Production from Solid Fuels  [PDF]
Nirmal V. Gnanapragasam,Bale V. Reddy,Marc A. Rosen
Sustainability , 2010, DOI: 10.3390/su2061472
Abstract: A methodology for assessing the sustainability of hydrogen production using solid fuels is introduced, in which three sustainability dimensions (ecological, sociological and technological) are considered along with ten indicators for each dimension. Values for each indicator are assigned on a 10-point scale based on a high of 1 and a low of 0, depending on the characteristic of the criteria associated with each element or process, utilizing data reported in the literature. An illustrative example is presented to compare two solid fuels for hydrogen production: coal and biomass. The results suggest that qualitative sustainability indicators can be reasonably defined based on evaluations of system feasibility, and that adequate flexibility and comprehensiveness is provided through the use of ten indicators for each of the dimensions for every process or element involved in hydrogen production using solid fuels. Also, the assessment index values suggest that biomasses have better sustainability than coals, and that it may be advantageous to use coals in combination with biomass to increase their ecological and social sustainability. The sustainability assessment methodology can be made increasingly quantitative, and is likely extendable to other energy systems, but additional research and development is needed to lead to a more fully developed approach.
Sustainability: Scholarly Repository as an Enterprise  [PDF]
Oya Y. Rieger
Computer Science , 2015,
Abstract: The expanding need for an open information sharing infrastructure to promote scholarly communication led to the pioneering establishment of arXiv.org, now maintained by the Cornell University Library. To be sustainable, the repository requires careful, long term planning for services, management and funding. The library is developing a sustainability model for arXiv.org, based on voluntary contributions and the ongoing participation and support of 200 libraries and research laboratories around the world. The sustainability initiative is based on a membership model and builds on arXiv's technical, service, financial and policy infrastructure. Five principles for sustainability drive development, starting with deep integration into the scholarly community. Also key are a clearly defined mandate and governance structure, a stable yet innovative technology platform, systematic creation of content policies and strong business planning strategies. Repositories like arXiv must consider usability and life cycle alongside values and trends in scholarly communication. To endure, they must also support and enhance their service by securing and managing resources and demonstrating responsible stewardship.
Sustainability Indicators Integrating Consumption Patterns in Strategic Environmental Assessment for Urban Planning  [PDF]
Valentina Castellani,Serenella Sala
Sustainability , 2013, DOI: 10.3390/su5083426
Abstract: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) practices in Europe have been traditionally applied to assess potential environmental impacts due to socio-economic drivers implying specific land use ( viz. infrastructure, building and industrial development). However, other socioeconomic drivers related to citizen behavior, such as household consumption, may significantly contribute to the overall local impacts, but are usually neglected in SEA. Aiming at enlarging the traditional approaches adopted in SEA, the present study integrates two environmental sustainability indicators capturing different aspects of consumption patterns: ecological footprint and carbon balance. The two indicators are calculated in addition to a more traditional set of environmental indicators in order to: (i) understand if the level of consumption of the local community exceeds the limits of natural resources of the area (in a perspective of self-sustainment at the local scale); and (ii) identify the role of spatial planning choices in determining the environmental sustainability of the entire system. The two indicators are calculated and discussed in the context of the SEA of the urban master plans of four municipalities in northern Italy. The two indicators may represent a good proxy for lifestyle impacts, even if some strengths and weaknesses arose from the application to the case study.
Enterprise Flexible Organization Determination  [PDF]
M. Kipa
Economics of Development , 2010,
Abstract: Modern enterprise exists in complex and dynamic environment. Non-stable finance-economic conditions, strict struggle for the consumer, change of the demand structure, the appearance of principally new modern goods and markets under such conditions of the life-length of the enterprise existence greatly depends on its ability to reach quickly competitive advantages and carry out changes in organization that is to depend on enterprise flexibility. Under modern conditions when enterprise is considered as a multinational market subject, the priority in investigation should be placed on organizational flexibility. From this point of view the topic of these researches is much attractive. Approaches to the determination of the notion "flexibility" are considered and also the classification of the signs and type of flexibility is generalized. The essence of the flexibility organization has been researched and the signs of its forming through the analysis of the known models of the organization such as: M.Weisbord’s "Six-Box" Model, McKinsey "7S" model, Berka–Litvin Model, and R.Daft Model. Further investigation may be directed on forming analytical tools considering organizational structure analyses, determination of its signs and selection of management criteria.
Methodology for comparative analysis of sustainability in agroforestry systems
Lopes, Saulo Barbosa;Almeida, Jalcione;
Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural , 2003, DOI: 10.1590/S0103-20032003000100005
Abstract: the work analyzes the political/institutional links and technological formats of agroforestry systems in the caí and taquari river valleys of the brazilian state of rio grande do sul in an effort to determine a value for their ability to endure: their sustainability. sustainability indicators are created for the analysis of these systems. the indicator values will be used to create a sustainability index (si) for each studied agroforestry system and to identify each system?s sustainability pattern. the different agroforestry systems will also be classified according to their structural characteristics. analysis of the identified patterns and indexes will reveal the adequacy of the methodology employed and the consequence of each system?s institutional arrangement, technological format, and sustainability pattern. the agro forestry system that combines exotic forest species with watermelon and the system that combines native forest species with citrus fruit stand out as being most sustainable while, from an institutional perspective, those systems that were linked in an "associative" arrangement had the highest sustainability index values.
Methodology for comparative analysis of sustainability in agroforestry systems  [cached]
Lopes Saulo Barbosa,Almeida Jalcione
Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural , 2003,
Abstract: The work analyzes the political/institutional links and technological formats of agroforestry systems in the Caí and Taquari river valleys of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul in an effort to determine a value for their ability to endure: their sustainability. Sustainability indicators are created for the analysis of these systems. The indicator values will be used to create a Sustainability Index (SI) for each studied agroforestry system and to identify each system?s sustainability pattern. The different agroforestry systems will also be classified according to their structural characteristics. Analysis of the identified patterns and indexes will reveal the adequacy of the methodology employed and the consequence of each system?s institutional arrangement, technological format, and sustainability pattern. The agro forestry system that combines exotic forest species with watermelon and the system that combines native forest species with citrus fruit stand out as being most sustainable while, from an institutional perspective, those systems that were linked in an "associative" arrangement had the highest sustainability index values.
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