An integrated management systems approach to corporate sustainability

Asif, Muhammad, Searcy, Cory, Zutshi, Ambika and Ahmad, Niaz 2011, An integrated management systems approach to corporate sustainability, European business review, vol. 23, no. 4, Special Issue : Sustainable Business Models, pp. 353-367.

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Title An integrated management systems approach to corporate sustainability
Author(s) Asif, Muhammad
Searcy, Cory
Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika
Ahmad, Niaz
Journal name European business review
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Season Special Issue : Sustainable Business Models
Start page 353
End page 367
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0955-534X
Keyword(s) Integrated management systems
Management systems
Corporate sustainability
Corporate strategy
Summary Purpose – This paper seeks to describe an integrated management systems (IMS) approach for the integration of corporate sustainability into business processes.
Design/methodology/approach – An extensive review of published literature was conducted. Building on existing research, the paper presents an original framework for structuring the integration of corporate sustainability with existing business infrastructure. The framework is supported by a detailed set of diagnostic questions to help guide the process. Both the framework and the diagnostic questions are based on the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle of continuous improvement.
Findings – The paper highlights the need for a systematic means to integrate sustainability into business processes. Building on that point, the paper illustrates how an IMS approach can be used to structure the entire process of managing, measuring, and assessing progress towards corporate sustainability.
Practical implications – The paper should be of interest to both practitioners and researchers. The framework and diagnostic questions will help guide decision makers through the process of building sustainability into their core business infrastructure. Since the framework and diagnostic questions provide the flexibility to accommodate specific organizational contexts, it is anticipated that they will have wide applicability.
Originality/value – The paper makes several contributions. The framework provides a systematic approach to corporate sustainability that has not been elaborated on in previous publications. The unique set of diagnostic questions provides a means to evaluate the extent to which corporate sustainability has been integrated into an organization.
Language eng
Field of Research 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Socio Economic Objective 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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