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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIER SELECTION BY A MULTIPLE CRITERIA DECISION-MAKING METHOD WITH HESITANT LINGUISTIC INFORMATION

Huchang Liao, Ruxue Ren, Jurgita Antucheviciene, Jonas Šaparauskas, Abdullah Al-Barakati

The constriction of global resources and the sustained growth of population bring resources pressure to society. At the same time, the problem of environmental pollution and ecological imbalance cannot be ignored. In 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme launched the “Green Economy” initiative to integrate the concept of green and sustainable development into economic development. In this context, resource conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development are the best choices in this era. The construction industry is the pillar industry of Chinese economy. It is important for the construction industry to implement sustainable development. Faced with the pressure of resources and higher environmental requirements, green supply chain is an important means to enhance the environmental friendliness of construction industry and realize the rapid development of enterprises (Beamon, 1999; Ansari & Kant, 2017).
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PROSPECTIVE MADM AND SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF THE EXPERTS BASED ON CAUSAL LAYERED ANALYSIS (CLA)

Sarfaraz Hashemkhani Zolfani, Morteza Yazdani, Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas, Hamidreza Hasheminasab

“Multiple Attribute Decision Making (MADM)” is an expert based field which is working based on real data and experts’ opinions. So many studies have been doing based on MADM methods which they usually use qualitative data based on experts’ ideas. Decisions based on the experts’ opinion shall be carefully designed to cope the real problems uncertainty. This uncertainty will be even more intricate if combining the problem with the ambiguity of the future study. Prospective MADM is a future based type of MADM field which is concentrating on decision making and policy making about the future. Prospective MADM (PMADM) can have both explorative and descriptive paradigms in the studies but it will more useful to be applied for strategic planning. In this regard, experts’ role would be even more challenging because one/some possible future/futures will be partially designed based on their opinions. Future and prediction always complicates the decision environment, especially methodologies founded on experts’ judgement. Considering experts’ preferences, attitude, and background, they may be a major source of inaccurate results. Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) is well-known “Futures Studies” method which is qualitative and usually is supporting other methods such as “Backcasting” and “Scenario Planning”. CLA has a deep point of view to the subjects to support a future with all those changes which are necessary for the main goal/goals. In this study, this idea will be proposed that CLA can be added to PMADM outline to decrease the risk of unsuitable decisions for the future and for this aim a case study about energy and CO2 consumption in policy making level proposed and a hybrid MADM method based on BWM-CoCoSo applied in the PMADM outline for the procedure.
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GREEN GDP: AN ANALYSES FOR DEVELOPING AND DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

Saša Stjepanović, Daniel Tomić, Marinko Škare

In the push for more sustainable and greener progress, faster economic growth is no longer a priority. Is this true? There is a broad agreement that global society should strive for a higher standard of human wellbeing that is equitably shared and sustainable. Motivations for such plight are numerous; from economic (GDP measure is dangerously inadequate measure of quality of life since it counts what we produce and consume, but ignores social costs, environmental outcomes and income inequality), ecological (public is getting increasingly concerned with depleted natural resources and polluted environment, and other ecological issues), philosophical (human appetites and the population growth render non-market wellbeing measures to confront it with the society’s material standard of living), political (the concept of so-called green growth is generating diversity in positions, from enthusiastic to cautious, for it can be an opportunity, but also a risk that disfavours one country on international level) to even methodological questions (the lack of recognized methodological principles that would be the basis for reliable statistical data, thus an accurate accounting and valuation system of economic growth and development).
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POLICIES TO PROMOTE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) AND ASSESSMENT OF CSR IMPACTS

Jintao Lu, Licheng Ren, Wenfang Lin, Yifan He, Justas Streimikis

When implementing sustainable development principles, business should play the core role, and the corporate social responsibility is one of the examples of the active role of enterprises in implementing sustainable development goals. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) describes the companies that are aware of their mission and take responsibility for their impact on society in general. The CSR is vital for sustainability, competitiveness, advance of companies and development of the world economy. The CSR provides benefits for risk controlling, allows cost savings and stipulates affordability of the capital, facilitates stakeholders’ relationships and improvement of human resource management. In practice, human rights and corporate social responsibility have become an important aspect of business strategies for many companies.
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GENERATION X VERSUS MILLENNIALS COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOUR ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN PURCHASING FOOD VERSUS TOURIST SERVICES

Dan-Cristian Dabija, Brîndușa Mariana Bejan, Nicoleta Tipi

The success of 21st century retailers depends increasingly on their online presence and the development of interesting and attractive communication and presentation of offers to internauts who spend a lot of time on social media interacting with people, catching up on the latest news, commenting on various events and situations and sharing other people’s posts (Young, 2015; Dabija et al., 2018).
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EFFECT OF INTEGRATION OF GREEN CONSTRUCTS AND TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTS OF BRAND ON GREEN PURCHASE INTENTION OF CUSTOMERS

Ahmad Esmaeili, Akbar Sepahvand, Reza Rostamzadeh, Izolda Joksiene, Jurgita Antucheviciene

Most recently, a number of customers have shown concern over the considerable damage caused to the environment. Natural resources are gradually being replete, and climate change threats are the most important of these concerns (Euro barometer, 2011; European Commission, 2010; Lapinskienė et al., 2015; Barrier, 2016). Formerly, organizations avoided investing in support of the environment, which became a setback for their own future progress (Chen, 2010). Presently, as a result of increased attention to the environment, they tend to take greater responsibility for the environment than before (Chang & Chieng, 2006). Even the studies highlight the role of future generations as being vital toward eco-awareness (Simionescu, 2013; Csigéné Nagypál et al., 2015).
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A NOVEL SORTING METHOD TOPSIS-SORT: AN APPLICATION FOR TEHRAN ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY EVALUATION

Hassanali Faraji Sabokbar, Ali Hosseini, Audrius Banaitis, Nerija Banaitiene

Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) is all about making choices in the presence of multiple, generally conflicting criteria. Many reallife problems are multi-objective by nature that requires evaluation of more than one criterion. Therefore, MCDM has become an important issue and many researches are devoted to help people make better decision (Montibeller & Franco, 2011; Wang et al., 2015).
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IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL TAXES ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN BALTIC STATES, CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA

Dalia Štreimikienė

Economic stabilization policies can be implemented with the aid of either monetary or fiscal policy. A forward-looking, mediumterm oriented monetary policy provides the best framework to this purpose. Fiscal policies too should have a medium to longterm orientation and largely rely on automatic stabilizers in the short-term.
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ENVIRONMENTÁLNA KUZNETSOVA KRIVKA A POZÍCIA SLOVENSKA A ČESKEJ REPUBLIKY V EURÓPSKEJ ÚNII

Tomáš Želinský

Model pôvodnej Kuznetsovej invertovanej U-krivky popisoval vzťah medzi nerovnosťou rozdeľovania príjmov a úrovňou príjmov. Základy modelu boli položené v Kuznetsovom článku, v ktorom analyzoval vzťah medzi demografickými zmenami a industrializáciou na jednej strane a rozdelením príjmov krajiny na strane druhej.
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ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY: A TYPOLOGY OF COMPANIES BASED ON MANAGERIAL PERCEPTIONS OF CUSTOMERS’ ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVENESS AND DETERRENTS

Vesna Žabkar, Tomaš Čater, Domen Bajde, Barbara Čater

Environmental issues and the inclusion of environmental strategies in strategic thinking is an interesting subject of investigation. In general, managerial practices organized along ecologically sound principles contribute to a more environmentally sustainable global economy. From the managerial perspective, appropriate environmental strategies in compliance with environmental requirements aim at building competitive advantages through sustainable development. There is no universal “green” strategy that would be appropriate for each company, regardless of its market requirements and competitive situations. Instead, managers undertake careful consideration of the circumstances in which their company operates, paying special attention to their customers’ environmental preferences.
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