Alfred Posch

A Management Information System (MIS) for 'Sustainability Networks'

Industrial recycling networks are very effective in minimizing impact on the environment by building up closed loops of material and energy use within the industrial system. These interorganizational recycling activities between various industries can be a starting point for 'sustainability networks', i.e. systems of voluntary but organized cooperation among different stakeholders with the common target of sustainable development of so-ciety within a certain region. To work well an overall vision of the sustainability net-work, it needs to be clearly defined and then translated into strategies and strategic ob-jectives. These, in turn, need to be transformed into operational targets that can be meas-ured by a comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic indicators. This pro-cedure is quite similar to the balanced scorecard approach of Kaplan/Norton, which is considered an appropriate management information system not only for industry but also for sustainability networks.