Assessing the Environmental Impact: A Case of Business Process Analysis in the Automotive Industry

Olga Levina, Marcus Behrend
Sustainability management is has been in the focus of the enterprises for several years now. Communal and private organizations are interested in sustainable solutions and practices for their operations. Software systems and their underlying business processes are ubiquitous and fundamental for most of the organizations of our industrial society. Hence, sustainability aspects must be integrated into the information systems architecture and into the business process life cycle. Using the action
more » ... esearch approach for the environmentally focused business analysis of an automotive supplier we provide insights on how measuring the environmental effect of a business process can affect its optimization. We also show how a more process aware software can generate enhance environmental indicators beyond its own resource use optimization. By including environmental indicators into the classic process performance measuring this approach allows researchers and practitioners integrating environmental performance goals into the processes and their analysis.