Decision Support Tools for Sustainability in Product Innovation in a Few Swedish Companies
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Companies are finding that customers increasingly demand “sustainable products” while also noticing economic benefits from eco-efficiency and other sustainability-related design approaches. Employees making product-related decisions need support tools to incorporate sustainability considerations — both at strategic (e.g. regarding product lines to develop) and operational levels (e.g. detailed design). This paper presents the results from a set of interviews that explored where and how sustainability considerations are taken into account in the product innovation processes of six Swedish companies. Results are presented as a map of the overall company operations in relation to a generic product innovation model, followed by a map of the places where sustainability considerations are made in that model. Some of the tools that are used to support those sustainability considerations are also briefly described. The conclusion is that there are some, but not sufficient, tools and methods to support inclusion of sustainability aspects in the product innovation processes of these companies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bangalore: Research Publishing , 2011.
Sustainability, product development, product innovation, decision support tools
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Media and Communications Applied Mechanics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7546Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo3BE95BAD4FFAFDB3C12578AF00438758ISBN: 978-981-08-7721-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-7546DiVA: diva2:835171
International Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD)