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Challenges and preconditions to build capabilities for sustainable product design
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7382-1825
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED / [ed] Maier A.M.,Skec S.,Salustri F.A.,Fadel G.,Kim H.,Kokkolaras M.,Oehmen J.,Van der Loos M., Design Society , 2017, Vol. 1, no DS87-1, p. 1-10, article id DS87-1Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sustainable product innovation has previously been found to be positively correlated to competitiveness. However, in order to build capabilities for sustainability integration one must first understand companies' current state. The overall aim is therefore to identify common preconditions and challenges for sustainability integration in product innovation. A questionnaire study, targeting employees with roles in product development, was conducted at four medium-sized to large product development and manufacturing companies in Sweden. Results show that capabilities for sustainability integration are perceived as decisive for future company success, but are not considered to be correspondingly high prioritized today. Decision making is focused on material selection and energy efficiency, so no full socio-ecological sustainability perspective is covered. Formal decision support tools are only used by half of respondents and are a main area for improvement. Identified challenges include short-term economic thinking, lack of sustainability criteria and vague management commitment. Based on these findings, seven recommendations for companies are presented and validated.

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Design Society , 2017. Vol. 1, no DS87-1, p. 1-10, article id DS87-1
Keywords [en]
Capability, Case study, Ecodesign, Sustainability, Sustainable product development, Decision making, Decision support systems, Energy efficiency, Innovation, Integration, Product development, Sustainable development, Decision support tools, Manufacturing companies, Questionnaire studies, Sustainability criteria, Sustainable product designs, Sustainable products, Product design
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-15517Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85029747884OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-15517DiVA, id: diva2:1160091
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21st International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED, Vancouver
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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