In the recent years the number of industrial parks has grown rapidly worldwide driven by economic policies and industrial restructuring. The high resource consumption and prices as well as stringent environmental policies and laws have pushed the strategic importance of efficient resources management. Due to the proximity of companies, industrial parks offer potential for the development of interorganizational resource exchanges, in terms of energy and waste, infrastructure sharing and joint services. Utilizing this potential enhances the resource efficiency and added value of companies while often reducing their environmental impacts. Efficient management of resources in industrial parks requires an appropriate management concept. However, the research and literature on the management of industrial parks is very limited. As a solution the author introduces the concept for integrated resources management. The theoretical status quo of the concept is studied from the perspective of industrial ecology with the conclusion that the approach lacks a strategic management dimension. To tackle the problem, the author draws upon the strategic management and organizational theories as well as the approaches of network and environmental management. The empirical insights into the concept are sought by analyzing applied practices to network and resources management in industrial parks. The case studies comprise representative examples of successful industrial restructuring from Germany such as DOW ValuePark® and Chemical Industrial Park Marl and showcases of China's economic policy such as Shanghai Chemical Industry Park and Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area. A reader will find in this book a sound theoretical framework to accommodate further research and practical decision support to manage resource problems characterized by conflicting stakeholder interests.
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Tiina Salonen studied environmental engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland, Lakehead University, Canada, and Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. In 2001-2007 she was employed as a researcher and assistant lecturer at the Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management at the University of Leipzig. Her responsibilities included courses and international research projects in environmental management and technology. She presented her PhD research at scientific and professional conferences and published on Chinese industrial parks in practical journals. Since 2009 she works for Nord Stream AG in Zug as permitting and environmental manager for Finland, where she is in charge of the environmental monitoring for munitions clearance and pipeline construction and operation. In 2010 she received her doctor in engineering (Dr.-Ing.).
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