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Overcoming barriers to sustainable product-service systems for non-assembled products: A case study within the renewable energy industry
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to increase knowledge regarding sustainable product-service systems (SPSS) barriers and solutions for non-assembled products. To answer this purpose, we developed the following research questions: (1) what barriers do providers face when utilizing SPSS in a non-assembled product context and (2) what solutions can be used to overcome these barriers?

Method – This study was conducted as an abductive case study within SPSS in the renewable energy industry. We interviewed a total of 20 respondents from 16 different companies operating in China, Cyprus, and Sweden. Each respondent was chosen based on their experience and knowledge within the area.

Findings – The findings are summarized in a framework that links the identified barriers with specific solutions. In brief, finding stakeholders for large and long-term investments was identified as a major barrier while educating stakeholders was suggested as a common solution.

Theoretical and practical implications The results disqualify two of the barriers in the existing literature while suggesting that varying market conditions is a new barrier. Furthermore, the study provides new insights to the existing literature and presents a framework that managers can use to matchmake SPSS-barriers with solutions.

Limitations and future research – The study is limited to a case study focused on barriers and solutions for SPSS-providers. As a result, future research is suggested to validate the findings in another context and among other stakeholders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 53
Keywords [en]
Sustainable Product-Service Systems, SPSS, Barriers, Solutions, Non-assembled products
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74463DiVA, id: diva2:1324026
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Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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