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Implementing sustainability in product portfolio development through digitalization and a game-based approach
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development. (Sustainable product development)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-3349
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
2023 (English)In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, ISSN 2352-5509, Vol. 40, p. 277-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this research is to explore if and how digitalization and a game-based approach can improve the usability and implementation of sustainable design methods and tools in a product development process. Based on semi-systematic literature review, advantages and limitations of digitalization and game-based approaches in this context were identified. A previously developed method that guides the implementation of a strategic sustainability perspective in product portfolio development, was then selected and elements of digitalization and game-based approaches were incorporated in its four building blocks: double-flow scenario modeling, sustainability assessment, market success assessment, and portfolio development. The resulting prototype of this method was further adapted after feedback gathered through expert interviews and then tested in workshops with industry and academia. It was found that digitalization was especially useful for the scenario simulation, data management, and automatic visualization of results, while the benefits of the game-based approach were enhanced motivation, collaboration, and co-design of results and solutions. At the same time, drawbacks were discovered, for example related to decreased transparency of how results are calculated, overuse of visualization and extrinsic rewards, leading to lack of clarity and trust in the results. In conclusion, there are synergies between digitalization and game-based approaches that can improve the usability of sustainable design methods and tools, but extensive testing is recommended to avoid pitfalls that can lead to opposite effects. Moreover, recommendations were identified for how to include digitalization and a game-based approach, for example, to enable integration with other tools, maintenance and constant update, to explore the benefits of team-based assessments and collaboration, to add diversity and customization, and to link the game to the user's context, application, expectations and requirements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 40, p. 277-296
Keywords [en]
strategic sustainable development, gamification, serious game, sustainable product development, sustainability assessment method, digital tool.
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Strategic Sustainable Development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-24253DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2023.07.002ISI: 001047838400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85164293141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-24253DiVA, id: diva2:1732275
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DSIP- Digital Sustainability Implementation Package, VinnovaModel Driven Development and Decision Support – MD3S, Knowledge Foundation
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Knowledge Foundation, 20180159Vinnova, 2020-04163Available from: 2023-01-30 Created: 2023-01-30 Last updated: 2023-09-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Guidance in developing a sustainability product portfolio in manufacturing companies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guidance in developing a sustainability product portfolio in manufacturing companies
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, manufacturing companies have experienced an increased demand for solutions that promote socio-ecological sustainability. To succeed in the sustainability transformation, companies need to systematically and strategically implement sustainability performance in their product portfolios. Many companies decide which services, products, and technologies to include in their product portfolios using evaluation criteria related to, for example, cost, quality, risk, revenue, time, and market position. However, often, sustainability aspects are not integrated into such criteria. Incorporating sustainability aspects in the portfolio evaluation criteria could ensure the development of sustainability-promoting solutions. This should be done in the early stages of the product development process, where there is more room for innovation than later in the process. 

The aim of this research is to provide a better understanding of how sustainability performance can be implemented in the product portfolio process of manufacturing companies and thereby support the companies’ sustainability transformation. The research has focused on: 1) how to define the concept of sustainability product portfolios based on the state of the art and the state of practice, 2) determining the current situation in industry related to implementation of sustainability performance in product portfolios, 3) identifying the most used criteria and tools for product portfolio evaluation, and 4) determining how product portfolios are planned, implemented and managed. 

Literature reviews, interviews and workshops were used to collect data from seven large manufacturing companies located in Sweden, one small company located in Colombia, and several research groups and master level student groups. The collected data from industrial cases was organized, processed, analyzed, and verified to provide academic and industry background, to guide the implementation of sustainability performance in the product portfolio

The results from the studies provided a basis for creating guidance in developing a sustainability product portfolio in a company. The guidance includes: i) a definition of the sustainability product portfolio concept; ii) a list of common product portfolio evaluation criteria to be used for a  selection of  portfolio components; iii) key factors to succeed with the integration of sustainability aspects in portfolio development and to implement sustainability performance in the product portfolio; iv) an initial conceptualization model to support the sustainability implementation process in product portfolios; and, v) a digitalized and game-based prototype of the strategic layered double-flow scenario modeling for sustainability risk and portfolio management (STARDUST) method, to guide companies in the implementation of sustainability in their product portfolio. 

With the outcome of this research, practitioners can be supported in their decision-making, especially in the planning stages, with a strategic sustainability perspective to identify sustainability hotspots. Moreover, evaluate portfolio components with a sustainability-informed market-success perspective, compare solutions, and identify benefits and risk that might modify the product portfolio over time.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2023
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Doctoral Dissertation Series, ISSN 1653-2090 ; 1
Keywords
Product portfolio, sustainability product portfolio, sustainable product development, portfolio evaluation criteria, early design phase, strategic sustainability, strategic plan.
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering Environmental Management Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Strategic Sustainable Development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-24254 (URN)978-91-7295-448-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-03-24, J1630, Campus Gräsvik, Karlskrona, 09:15 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2023-01-31 Created: 2023-01-30 Last updated: 2023-03-01Bibliographically approved

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