Integrating Sustainability in Project Management: Implications in Manufacturing Industry

Wei Li-Yao, Fotios Misopoulos
2020 International Journal of Business and Administrative Studies  
From the project management perspective, the study purports to examine how sustainability can be integrated into different areas, including project management and manufacturing, by referring to knowledge and concepts established by previous academic contributions and how interdependencies between the three realms mentioned above can, therefore, be identified. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) methodology is used in this study to filter appropriate
more » ... pers, which are found by the pre-determined combinations of keywords-the pertinent wordings relevant to this study (e.g., sustainable, Triple Bottom Line (TBL), etc.)-for systematic literature review. The study results show the correlation between three types of isomorphism pressure by which social constructionism is shaped. Besides this, the normative pressure is the overall mean (i.e., standards, indices, indicators, etc.) to advance sustainability ideology nowadays. The statistics derived from selected papers accord with the noted context, showing that the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) standard is the widely accepted method for sustainable development. This reveals that either practitioners or organisations can effectively adopt sustainable practices by referring to such standardised norms with other measures mentioned in this study, such as lean thinking, green supplier selection, project governance etc. Finally, it is concluded that as the component operated within organisations, the achievement of projects is directly affected by the environment in which it is managed; in brief, the more substantial conducting environment where a project is undertaken, the more sustainably attainable outcomes can be derived from a project. In a nutshell, instead of devising a new theory, this study provides some basic knowledge concerning the sustainability of the project management point of view.
doi:10.20469/ijbas.6.10004-1 fatcat:v3gp77sotvdprcehgwuzkz4qv4