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.