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Online from: 2010
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|Title:||Decision making for transportation systems as a support for sustainable stewardship: Freight transport process evaluation using the ETIENNE-Tool|
|Author(s):||Edeltraud Guenther, (Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany), Vera Greschner Farkavcová, (Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany)|
|Citation:||Edeltraud Guenther, Vera Greschner Farkavcová, (2010) "Decision making for transportation systems as a support for sustainable stewardship: Freight transport process evaluation using the ETIENNE-Tool", Management Research Review, Vol. 33 Iss: 4, pp.317 - 339|
|Keywords:||Environmental management, Process efficiency, Transportation|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01409171011030444 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The environmental impacts of transportation are rarely brought into decision making frameworks. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a framework and tool to help in these organizational decisions.
Design/methodology/approach – A survey analysis was carried out amongst waste-management companies within the project ETIENNE. Using this information, drivers and hurdles to the environmentally motivated optimization of transport were identified.
Findings – This research framework presents results of perceived hurdles in transport process optimization. Results of the research are grounded with definitions and discussion of the relevance of logistic processes.
Research limitations/implications – Analysis provided in this paper shows that there is no practicable tool to consider environmental impacts in management decisions in transportation. Therefore, a software tool, the so-called ETIENNE-Tool, for the evaluation of transportation alternatives, is developed. Theoretical principles for the environmental evaluation of transport processes are also proposed.
Practical implications – Organizational tasks – such as the selection and planning of transportation relations; employment of means of transportation; planning of locations; finally performing of operative business – can be fulfilled in a more environmentally sound manner.
Originality/value – Based on the ETIENNE-Tool and taking into consideration stakeholders' requirements, different transportation chains for one transportation task can be easily compared and transportation can be planned efficiently.
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