Environmental assessment of organising: towards a framework for the study of organisational influence on environmental performance
Journal article, 2004

The paper discusses a new perspective on industryÕs environmental performance and presents the concept and field of Environmental Assessment of Organising. EAO builds on the notion that different ways of managing industrial production lead to different environmental performance. To understand how industrial organising influences environmental performance it is necessary to take ordinary physical flow modelling of technical systems, such as life cycle assessment, a step further by embedding these in an organisational context. Such an understanding could provide new knowledge for environmentally ÒsmarterÓ management. The concept of EAO aims towards a theoretical framework that bridges environmental management, organisational theory and environmental systems analysis. Its presentation here is grounded in a literature review on works related to industrial environmental performance. Two studies testing the practical application of EAO are briefly presented and discussed. These have contributed to the presented basic methodology and rudimentary research programme for EAO studies.

environmental management

industrial systems

organisational theory

environmental performance


Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Chalmers, COMESA, Environmental Systems Analysis

Progress in Industrial Ecology

Vol. 1 1-3 292-306

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