A method for comparing concepts with respect to sustainability and other values
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Selecting concepts involves challenging decisions because decision-makers must consider many factors and the implications of the selection are far-reaching and unknown. As markets become increasingly sustainability-driven, bringing sustainability considerations into the decision is necessary. This is challenging due to the complexity of the concept of sustainability and it being unfamiliar to many decision-makers. In this work we therefore aimed to develop support for helping decision-makers to consider sustainability when selecting a concept. We undertook a case study where we studied decision-makers selecting a road construction process. Then we developed a method of support to help these decision-makers to select a process. The developed method helps decision-makers consider sustainability aspects when selecting concepts. The method supports decision-makers to compare alternatives by using indicators that are based on the values of actors in the extended value network. Global society is included as an actor who values development that is more sustainable. We modelled and visualised the outputs from the developed method in order to support decision-makers in the case study with their specific decision. Early indications from our testing are that the method and general approach could be useful for decision-makers wanting to consider sustainability in concept selection.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Budapest: Delft University , 2014.
Sustainability, sustainable product development, value, value-focused, concept selection, decision-making.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6700Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoFCF2EC74C877ABA3C1257CDF004BD3EBISBN: 9789461861764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6700DiVA: diva2:834232
Tools and Methods for Competitive Engineering (TMCE)
Tools and Methods for Competitive Engineering 2014 conference proceedings. ISBN/EAN (Printed Proceedings Volumes 1 and 2): 9789461861764. ISBN/EAN (Digital Proceedings USB Flash Drive): 9789461861771.2014-05-222014-05-212015-11-16Bibliographically approved