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Online from: 1997
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Article citation: , (2009) "Special issue on Integrated management systems", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 15 Iss: 1, pp. -
Despite the enormous importance of various management system standards (MSSs) in the world today, demonstrated by their use in more than 1,000,000 organizations and many other significant impact indicators, the research on the application of multiple such standards and the integration of the corresponding systems is still in short supply. Additionally illustrating the need for research in this area is the fact that the related practice is rapidly evolving, with new MSSs being constantly developed and implemented. Within the span of less than six months in 2008, for instance, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has announced the development of two MSSs covering the brand-new areas of road safety and energy management and the publication of The Integrated Use of Management System Standards handbook (see www.iso.org).
The overall topic of research into these issues has been commonly branded as either the ``Integration of (standardized) management systems'', referring to the integration process, or the ``Integrated management system(s)'', denoting its output. Regardless of what particular term is used to define this research (luckily the acronym ``IMS'' covers both and hence will be used here), the current literature on it seems to be rather scattered in a number of quality, environmental, safety and other similarly-focused management or technical publications, such as The TQM Journal, but can also be found in general management and industry-specific journals, conference proceedings and books.
Therefore, the aim of this special issue of The TQM Journal is to collect and publish a comprehensive account of the leading-edge research regarding the theory and practice of IMS, perhaps for the first time in a single journal issue. Research addressing or studying the implementation of multiple MSSs, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001/CSA Z1000/ANSI Z10, ISO 27001, ISO 28000 and SA 8000, and the integration of the corresponding systems, for example, those for quality, environmental, safety, security and responsibility management, is particularly sought after.
Papers appearing in this special issue can have a theoretical focus, e.g. providing multiple MSSs implementation and/or IMS models and methodologies, an empirical orientation, e.g. examining the ``how, where, when, why, who and what'' of the past, present or future such implementations and integrations, or both. Theoretical pieces, review articles, case studies, surveys and other empirical inquiries are all welcome.
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double blind peer review process. A guide for authors and sample articles are available on The TQM Journal homepage at: www.emeraldinsight.com/tqm.htm
Please e-mail submissions to the Guest Editor at: email@example.com
Deadline for paper submission: 31 March 2009
Professor Stanislav Karapetrovic,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Alberta,
5 8B Mechanical Engineering Building, Edmonton,
Alberta, T6G 2G8, Canada