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Challenges for integrating sustainability in risk management-current state of research
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Fakulteten för teknikvetenskaper, Institutionen för strategisk hållbar utveckling.
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Fakulteten för teknikvetenskaper, Institutionen för strategisk hållbar utveckling.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-7382-1825
2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: DS87-2 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING DESIGN (ICED 17), VOL 2: DESIGN PROCESSES, DESIGN ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT, The Design Society, 2017, nr DS87-2, s. 327-336, artikel-id DS87-2Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

Numerous examples have shown how environmental and social issues can affect companies to an existential level. In fact, today's most urgent business risks, e.g. brand value, legislative change, litigation, and supply chain disruptions, are directly linked to sustainability issues. These risks need to be systematically identified and strategically managed on both strategic company-and operational product development level in order for a company to be long-term competitive. Based on literature review and interviews at case companies, this paper investigates the current state for integrating a strategic sustainability perspective in risk management processes and related support tools. Results show that sustainability risks are not consciously identified and managed at the companies. Research is at an early stage and few frameworks and tools exist. Based on the findings, the study identifies and provides a comprehensive analysis of challenges for sustainability integration, which work as a foundation for future research. Finally, key steps to advance understanding and methods in sustainability risk management are suggested.

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The Design Society, 2017. nr DS87-2, s. 327-336, artikel-id DS87-2
Nyckelord [en]
Ecodesign, Risk management, Strategic sustainable development, Sustainability, Sustainable product development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-15308ISI: 000455237100034Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85029742256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-15308DiVA, id: diva2:1147585
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21st International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED, Vancouver
Tillgänglig från: 2017-10-06 Skapad: 2017-10-06 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-06-27Bibliografiskt granskad
Ingår i avhandling
1. Sustainability Risk Management in Product Development Companies - Motivating Change
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2019 (Engelska)Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
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.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2019
Serie
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 5
Nyckelord
corporate sustainability, product innovation process, sustainability transition, sustainable design, sustainable product development
Nationell ämneskategori
Miljövetenskap
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urn:nbn:se:bth-17631 (URN)978-91-7295-371-0 (ISBN)
Presentation
2019-03-27, J1650, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Valhallavägen, Karlskrona, 09:00 (Engelska)
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KK-stiftelsenVinnovaKK-stiftelsen
Tillgänglig från: 2019-02-22 Skapad: 2019-02-21 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-03-20Bibliografiskt granskad

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