Sustainability in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises

An empirical study

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to analyze and investigate sustainable practices in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). A comprehensive analysis and a mathematical framework are used to assess the sustainability indexes (SDIs) of each aspect/issue and pillar/dimension, and of the whole manufacturing enterprise. Sustainability in the whole manufacturing enterprise is represented by the sustainable development index (SDI). The results show that there is a significant difference in SDIs between aspects and dimensions, with economic sustainability representing the highest percentage in the SDI. Also, the results show that industrial companies are adopting sustainable practices and applying them to most of the issues/aspects of the dimensions, and they can direct manufacturing companies in the industrial sector to develop strategies for sustainability. This paper introduces a new understanding of the practices and implementation of sustainability/sustainable development by SMEs through assessing the SDIs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Engineering Research
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Fingerprint

Sustainable development
Industry
Economics

Keywords

  • Manufacturing enterprises
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this

Sustainability in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises : An empirical study. / Garbie, I.

In: Journal of Engineering Research, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2016, p. 42-57.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{533c591d06834b289eabea3690238eab,
title = "Sustainability in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises: An empirical study",
abstract = "The main goal of this paper is to analyze and investigate sustainable practices in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). A comprehensive analysis and a mathematical framework are used to assess the sustainability indexes (SDIs) of each aspect/issue and pillar/dimension, and of the whole manufacturing enterprise. Sustainability in the whole manufacturing enterprise is represented by the sustainable development index (SDI). The results show that there is a significant difference in SDIs between aspects and dimensions, with economic sustainability representing the highest percentage in the SDI. Also, the results show that industrial companies are adopting sustainable practices and applying them to most of the issues/aspects of the dimensions, and they can direct manufacturing companies in the industrial sector to develop strategies for sustainability. This paper introduces a new understanding of the practices and implementation of sustainability/sustainable development by SMEs through assessing the SDIs.",
keywords = "Manufacturing enterprises, Sustainability, Sustainable development",
author = "I. Garbie",
year = "2016",
language = "English",
volume = "13",
pages = "42--57",
journal = "Journal of Engineering Research",
issn = "1726-6009",
publisher = "Sultan Qaboos University",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sustainability in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises

T2 - An empirical study

AU - Garbie, I.

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - The main goal of this paper is to analyze and investigate sustainable practices in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). A comprehensive analysis and a mathematical framework are used to assess the sustainability indexes (SDIs) of each aspect/issue and pillar/dimension, and of the whole manufacturing enterprise. Sustainability in the whole manufacturing enterprise is represented by the sustainable development index (SDI). The results show that there is a significant difference in SDIs between aspects and dimensions, with economic sustainability representing the highest percentage in the SDI. Also, the results show that industrial companies are adopting sustainable practices and applying them to most of the issues/aspects of the dimensions, and they can direct manufacturing companies in the industrial sector to develop strategies for sustainability. This paper introduces a new understanding of the practices and implementation of sustainability/sustainable development by SMEs through assessing the SDIs.

AB - The main goal of this paper is to analyze and investigate sustainable practices in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). A comprehensive analysis and a mathematical framework are used to assess the sustainability indexes (SDIs) of each aspect/issue and pillar/dimension, and of the whole manufacturing enterprise. Sustainability in the whole manufacturing enterprise is represented by the sustainable development index (SDI). The results show that there is a significant difference in SDIs between aspects and dimensions, with economic sustainability representing the highest percentage in the SDI. Also, the results show that industrial companies are adopting sustainable practices and applying them to most of the issues/aspects of the dimensions, and they can direct manufacturing companies in the industrial sector to develop strategies for sustainability. This paper introduces a new understanding of the practices and implementation of sustainability/sustainable development by SMEs through assessing the SDIs.

KW - Manufacturing enterprises

KW - Sustainability

KW - Sustainable development

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84990902959&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84990902959&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 42

EP - 57

JO - Journal of Engineering Research

JF - Journal of Engineering Research

SN - 1726-6009

IS - 1

ER -