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Achieving sustainability in manufacturing via organisational and operational learning

Davies, Alan 2012. Achieving sustainability in manufacturing via organisational and operational learning. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 5 (2) , pp. 135-144. 10.1080/19397038.2011.628420

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The contribution contained in this paper focuses on providing a possible framework or approach in respect of how manufacturing companies can economically introduce environmentally friendly practices to their production operations, whilst at the same time encouraging organisational and operational learning with the aim of eventual evolution of the firm into an eco-efficient concern. A key premise associated with the approach advocated is economical organisational and operational learning over time, thus providing a sequential movement of the company through various stages of cultural change and technological capability to eventually achieve eco-efficiency in its production activities. At each stage in the process, it is suggested that a balance must be maintained between on the one hand, a reduction in operational economics consistent with on the other hand, an improvement in the environmental sustainability of company activities. To that end, some previously suggested monitoring metrics are examined in the text for their efficacy and economic rapport via hypothetical examples of how they might be applied in practice to monitor movement towards industrial–environmental sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Uncontrolled Keywords: organisational/operational learning, industrial–environmental sustainability
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1939-7038
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 02:33

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