Environmental Management Systems – Understanding Organisational Drivers and Barriers from Stephen Tinsley & Iona Pillai

Title: Environmental Management Systems – Understanding Organisational Drivers and Barriers 
Author: Stephen Tinsley & Iona Pillai
Publisher: Earthscan – London
ISBN No.: ISBN-10 85383-936-1
Year of Publication: 2006
Website: http://www.earthscan.co.uk

This book is of real value to the practitioner and the EMS manager with advanced knowledge needs and perspectives but not recommended for those just starting out on a new EMS. I found the book a difficult read, even though I knew what I was looking for and the content was valuable.

To me, the best part of the book was chapter 3 which discussed organisational barriers. This chapter includes plenty of clear information on problem solving for organisational resistance to EMS implementation or continuation. The summarised excerpts on key managerial behaviour and barriers for small and medium enterprises were the two areas that I felt were the most constructive and practical.

Chapter 5 (Linking environmental management with business strategy) was, for me, a lost opportunity. Although anonymous examples were cited, there was much more practical case study material that could have usefully been included in text boxes, tables or charts which could have made this chapter more useful and easier to digest.

Practitioners will probably disagree with me and be very happy to work through what is an essentially academic format. However, I believe books of this nature must be driven by simplicity and ease of access to provide the support that is often necessary to deal with “the things that work and the things that don’t work” in making an EMS successful and sustainable in an organisation.
A good reference work to check on EMS functionality and for problems solving on weaknesses and areas for improvement but not a casual read or a read for those new to the topic.

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