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Workshop Method for Early Sustainable Product Development
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2563-8273
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7382-1825
2018 (English)In: DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference, The Design Society, 2018, p. 2751-2762Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is in the early phases of product development that most of a product’s life-cycle sustainability impact is determined. This study presents a workshop method that has the purpose to support multi-disciplinary teams in sustainable product development, focusing on early phases. The workshop method aims to map the sustainability challenges and opportunities of a concept at an overarching level, utilizing backcasting from sustainability principles in three steps: create vision, assess current state, derive strategies. Testing and validation was done at two companies and with one academic group.

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The Design Society, 2018. p. 2751-2762
Series
Design DS, ISSN 1847-9073
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-16848DOI: 10.21278/idc.2018.0209ISBN: 978-953-7738-59-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-16848DiVA, id: diva2:1238079
Conference
DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik
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Knowledge FoundationAvailable from: 2018-08-12 Created: 2018-08-12 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Sustainability Risk Management in Product Development Companies - Motivating Change
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2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Both the ecological and social system are systematically degrading, resulting in decreasing capacities to support human civilization. Product development and manufacturing companies play a key role in driving society’s transition towards a sustainable path. Besides moral arguments, the motivation for companies can be expressed as a matter of smart risk management, i.e. avoiding threats and exploiting opportunities. Such sustainability risks can be related to, for example, brand and reputation, legislative change, or attracting top-talented employees. But, more importantly, it is about understanding changes that are inevitable on markets to come. Based on Maxwell’s interactive qualitative research approach and following the structure of the Design Research Methodology, this thesis aims to contribute (i) to knowledge by increasing the conceptual understanding of what sustainability risks are; and (ii) to practice by researching decision-support for how sustainability risks can be managed in a product development company context. The first study reviewed existing literature and identified characteristics of sustainability risks, which make them particularly difficult to manage. A following exploratory and descriptive study investigated companies’ current risk management practices and preconditions for sustainability integration. It showed that the effects of uncertainty from the sustainability transition need to be identified, assessed, and managed in relation to how they can affect objectives anchored in both internal and external stakeholder value creation. In parallel, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development was applied as a lens to understand the implications of the sustainability transition for company risk management. This resulted in a new definition, stating that sustainability risks are threats and opportunities that are due to an organization’s contribution or counteraction to society’s transition towards strategic sustainable development. A questionnaire study then investigated some case companies’ challenges and preconditions to build sustainability capabilities. Finally, a workshop method is proposed that aims to support design teams in early sustainable product development. Future research will leverage on the findings to develop and test decision support for how product development companies can manage sustainability risks on different organizational levels in practice to increase competitiveness, while taking leadership in the transition towards a sustainable society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2019
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 5
Keywords
corporate sustainability, product innovation process, sustainability transition, sustainable design, sustainable product development
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-17631 (URN)978-91-7295-371-0 (ISBN)
Presentation
2019-03-27, J1650, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Valhallavägen, Karlskrona, 09:00 (English)
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Knowledge FoundationVinnovaKnowledge Foundation
Available from: 2019-02-22 Created: 2019-02-21 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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