EcoProduction and Logistics EcoProduction.Emerging Trends and Business Practices
The increase of information and knowledge is a general phenomenon and thus also applies to health care. Dynamic political and economic environments strengthen these effects. Multiple concepts addressing this challenge can be identified and “learning organizations” are one key concept in economics to handle knowledge increase and dynamic environment. Environmental engineering in general and Environmental Management Systems based on ISO 14001 or Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in particular are possible ways of extending the organization’s environmental awareness. The goal of this contribution is to analyze whether or not both concepts have these effects on (German) hospitals. Therefore, this contribution combines the concepts of environmental engineering, environmental management systems and learning organizations in context of hospital organizations.