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Title: Integrated management systems diffusion models in South European countries
Authors: Cabecinhas, Mónica
Domingues, Pedro
Sampaio, Paulo
Bernardo, Merce
Franceschini, Fiorenzo
Galetto, Maurizio
Gianni, Maria
Gotzamani, Katerina
Mastrogiacomo, Luca
Hernandez-Vivanco, Alfonso
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences
FRASCATI::Social sciences
Keywords: Management systems
Diffusion model
Gompertz model
Integrated Management Systems (IMSs)
Logistic model
Issue Date: 2018
Source: International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management
Volume: 35
Issue: 10
First Page: 2289
Last Page: 2303
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to dissect the diffusion of the number of organizations that implemented multiple management systems (MSs), considering the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards (quality, environment and safety) in the South European countries: Italy, Portugal and Spain. In addition, based on the data collected, forecasting models were developed to assess at which extent the multiple certifications are expected to occur in each studied country. Design/methodology/approach Data concerning the evolution of the amount of multiple MSs in Italy, Portugal and Spain were collected for the period between 1999 and 2015. The behavior of the evolution of the number of MSs over the years was studied adopting both the Gompertz and the Logistic models. The results obtained with these two models were compared and analyzed to provide a forecast for the next years. Findings The diffusion throughout the years of the number of MSs presents an S-shaped behavior. The evolution of the amount of MSs in countries with a lower saturation level are properly fitted by the Gompertz model whereas the Logistic model fits more accurately when considering countries with a larger saturation level. Research limitations/implications The data related to the early years are not available in some of the countries. To overcome this shortcoming missing data were extrapolated from the data set provided by the annual ISO survey. Additionally, the integration level attained by each company was not assessed and, on this regard and in the scope of this paper, an integrated management system is understood as implemented when organizations have multiple MSs implemented. Practical implications The results provide a cross-sectional portrayal of the diffusion of MSs certifications in the South European countries and enable a forecast for the trend in the next years. Originality/value This study aims for the first time, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, to analyze the diffusion of multiple MSs throughout the years.
ISSN: 0265-671X
Other Identifiers: 10.1108/IJQRM-03-2017-0044
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