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Management science methodologies in environmental management and sustainability: discourses and applications

Paucar-Caceres, A; Espinosa, A


A Paucar-Caceres

A Espinosa


This paper investigates and discusses the use of systemic methodologies (SMs) developed in management science/operational research (MS/OR), in particular, those SM that have been informing the complexity inherent in environmental management and sustainable (EM/S) practices. By surveying a sample of the top MS/OR and systems journals, we assess the extent to which systemic management science methodologies developed recently have been used in tackling EM/S problems. Titles and abstracts of EM/S applications published in MS/OR and systems journals between 1989 and 2009 were queried for the occurrence of typical keywords associated with a set of SMs (eg, complexity theory, systems dynamics, soft systems, critical systems, viable systems model). The survey identifies a set of articles representing the practice of either a particular methodology or of a mixture of various SMs in EM/S setting. By assembling and critically reviewing a sample of applications in EM/S the paper hopes to raise awareness among environmentalists, operational researchers and management scientists of the benefits of using systemic approaches developed in MS/OR and, in this way, to encourage further exchange and conversation between these fields of management.


Paucar-Caceres, A., & Espinosa, A. (2011). Management science methodologies in environmental management and sustainability: discourses and applications. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62(9), 1601-1620.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2017
Publication Date 2011-09
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal Of The Operational Research Society
Print ISSN 0160-5682
Electronic ISSN 1476-9360
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 9
Pages 1601-1620
Keywords management sciences, critical systems, soft systems, viable systems model, complexity theory, sustainability, environmental management,
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