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Towards sustainability management systems in three Swedish local authorities
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2009 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 14, no 8, 721-732 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the development towards sustainability management systems (SMSs) in three Swedish local authorities. Many local authorities have extensive experience in using standardised Environmental Management Systems (EMSs). Recently EMSs have extended their reach by widening the scope of the systems including other dimensions of sustainable development. Case studies have been performed in three of the most EMS-experienced local authorities in Sweden. These authorities have extended their EMSs into a sustainability management approach in different ways. This paper discusses the development, possible contributions, and constraints with this development. Expanding EMSs into SMSs can be seen as a learning process in which a larger systems perspective leads to increased awareness that the management system becomes limited by only managing environmental issues. Expanding the EMSs into SMSs may lead to a more complete view of the organisation's total impact on nature and society, and issues that need to be managed.

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2009. Vol. 14, no 8, 721-732 p.
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sustainability management systems; environmental management; local authorities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20843DOI: 10.1080/13549830903096460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20843DiVA: diva2:236486
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-09-23 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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