Systematic Guidance for How to Integrate a Strategic Sustainability Perspective in Core Business Decision Systems
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, 2009, 385-396 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Sustainability integration in core business and product development has been a challenge, even if many supporting methods, tools and concepts are available today. However, these are mainly focusing on specific environmental aspects and are often failing to serve companies in integrating sustainability thinking into their strategic decision processes, and consequently into their core business and product development. In this study a previous proposal for an approach to assessing the current state of sustainability integration in company decision systems was used at two case companies, ABB High Voltage Cables and Hammarplast AB. The purpose was to develop this approach further so that it can better assist decision makers (when initial assessment points to such gaps) to integrate sustainability thinking into the strategic decision processes, i.e. align vision, management system and tools to help prioritize actions in a backcasting plan for a sustainable company within a sustainable society. The developed approach includes a SWOT analysis supported strategic capability assessment, and genericguidelines for how to identify appropriate targets, which can also serve as a basis for development of indicators – all informed by a framework for strategic sustainable development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 385-396 p.
sustainability principles, backcasting, framework for strategic sustainable development, strategic decision processes, goal-oriented indicators.
Natural Sciences Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13566OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-13566DiVA: diva2:1054967
International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Stanford University, USA