At the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Conference Awards Banquet held on May 22, 2017, Mr. John Corliss, Vice President and Director of New England Operations at PEER Consultants, P.C., was presented with the Sustainable Development Track Best Paper Award. The paper was entitled: On defining “sustainability” – An impossible task? and was co-authored by John Corliss himself, Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, and Rosario Michel-Villarreal both of the University of Lincoln in the UK. The Abstract for the paper is:
“Since its inception, the Sustainable Development Division (SDD) has run a track in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference. Different topics have been associated to this track. This indicates that a vast variety of ideas have been associated to the effort of developing sustainable Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) practices. These works have been revisited and categorized utilizing the Triple Bottom Line framework by topics and countries of origin, in an effort to recognize potential patterns. Findings suggest that establishing a unique definition for 'sustainability' in the context of IISE seems a futile enterprise. Increasing the variety of responses, rather than reducing it, appears to be a better strategy to disseminate principles, particularly those from the United Nations 2030 sustainable development goals among IISE professionals.”
Over the previous 6 years, approximately 300 papers on Sustainable Development had been presented at the conference of which 2/3rds were by North American authors and about 22% were by Latin American authors. Some of the interesting findings were that only 10% of the papers dealt with the full triple bottom line and that while North American papers were predominately focused on the relationship of profit and planet, the Latin American papers were much more likely to address the people dimension.