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Green Business Process Management

Seidel, Stefan, Recker, Jan C., & vom Brocke, Jan (2012) Green Business Process Management. In vom Brocke, Jan, Seidel, Stefan, & Recker, Jan C. (Eds.) Green Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise. Springer, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York, pp. 3-13.

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    Abstract

    In managing their operations, organizations have traditionally focused on economic imperatives in terms of time, cost, efficiency, and quality. In doing so, they have been a major contributor to environmental degradation caused by re-source consumption, greenhouse emissions, and wastage. As a consequence, or-ganizations are increasingly encouraged to improve their operations also from an ecological perspective, and thus to consider environmental sustainability as an additional management imperative. In order to lessen their impact on the natural environment, organizations must design and implement environmentally sustainable processes, which we call the challenge of Green Business Process Management (Green BPM). This chapter elaborates on the challenge and perspec-tive of Green BPM, and explores the contributions that business process management can provide to creating environmentally sustainable organizations. Our key premise is that business as well as information technology managers need to engage in a process-focused discussion to enable a common, comprehensive understanding of organizational processes, and the process-centered opportunities for making these processes, and ultimately the organization as a process-centric entity, “green.” Through our review of the key BPM capability areas and how they can be framed in terms of environmental sustainability considerations, we provide an overview and introduction to the subsequent chapters in this book.

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    ID Code: 52965
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: Green BPM, Green IS, information systems, Management, Sustainability
    ISBN: 978-3-642-27487-9
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer.
    Deposited On: 08 Aug 2012 16:06
    Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 17:53

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