A Study on Alternative Approaches to Instill Environmental Concerns in the Domain of Production Management of Industrial Firms

Ronaldo Manzan, Dario Ikuo Miyake


This article presents a comparative analysis of alternative models of production with environmental concerns that may lead to higher effectiveness in initiatives undertaken by industrial firms towards the development of more sustainable operations. The objective is to organize the knowledge on the subject of such models and provide guidelines that may help managers in selecting the most fitting approach for their business, according to the strategy and conditions of the firm. Among the presented models, the Cleaner Production model stands out for promoting the approach of nurturing the concurrent strengthening of quality, productivity, and sustainability in the existing manufacturing processes by dealing more comprehensively with factors internal to the firm that may be directly controlled by the managers.


Cleaner Production; Environmental Performance; Production Management; Productivity; Sustainability

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