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Sustainability product portfolio from an industrial perspective.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
(English)In: Submited to a JournalArticle in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Many companies decide which services, products and technologies to include in their product portfolio, using evaluation criteria, which often consider: cost, quality, risk, revenue, time, market position. Incorporating sustainability in the portfolio evaluation criteria might ensure the development of sustainable solutions from the early stages of the product development process, where there is more room for innovation. The aim of this paper is to understand how sustainability can be integrated in the company portfolio development. A systematic literature review was performed to support semi-structured interviews. Experts in the field and representatives from multinational manufacturing companies with operations in Sweden were interviewed. Main findings from this study are: a proposed definition of the sustainability product portfolio concept, and suggested portfolio evaluation criteria from an industry perspective. Future research will develop a method to guide manufacturing companies in the sustainability implementation in product portfolios.

Keywords [en]
Product portfolio, sustainability product portfolio, sustainable product development, portfolio evaluation criteria, strategic sustainability, strategic plan.
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-19081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-19081DiVA, id: diva2:1383292
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The paper has been submited to a Journal, due to the blind review process it is not possible to include the name of the Journal

If there is any questions or a required access to the PDF of this journal paper, please contact directly the author by e-mail: dcv@bth.se .

Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Integration of Sustainability Aspects in Product Portfolio
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integration of Sustainability Aspects in Product Portfolio
2020 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Several environmental issues are incrementing systematically, and many of them are linked to manufacturing activities. To mitigate these issues, it is necessary to develop sustainability solutions in the early stages of the innovation process, where there is room for creativity and innovation. The integration of sustainability at the strategic level of the company, where the essential decisions, the strategic plan, and the portfolio are developed, might ensure the implementation of sustainability aspects in products and services. Many companies develop product portfolios to organize and offer services, products, technologies and operations following the company strategy and targets. The portfolio components are assessed and selected using evaluation criteria. The most common criteria include: cost, quality, risk, revenue, time and market position. Usually sustainability is not included in the portfolio evaluation criteria.

The aim of this research is to obtain a better understanding of how sustainability can be integrated in the product portfolio development of manufacturing companies. The main research targets are to: 1) define sustainability product portfolio based on a comprehension of the academic and industry perspectives, 2) identify how companies currently implement sustainability in their portfolio, 3) determine which evaluation criteria and tools are used for portfolio development and 4) how the product portfolio is developed, implemented and managed.

A systematic literature review was performed to understand the state of the art about sustainability product portfolio. The literature review results supported the development of semi-structure interviews with companies and field experts. The interviews outcome provided a better understanding of the industry perspective. Afterwards, a workshop helped to understand what aspects are more significant for the portfolio evaluation criteria. Finally, a strategic sustainability assessment tool SLCA 2.0 was used to assess a technology product portfolio of a specific industry case.

The results from the studies created a foundation to: a) determine the state of art of the sustainability product portfolio field and its relevance for integration and implementation of sustainability in the early stages of the product innovation process, b) define the concept of sustainability product portfolio, c) have a better understanding of the setting and the application of the portfolio evaluation criteria and how to include sustainability in the evaluation, d) identify key factors to integrate and implement sustainability in the product portfolio, e) apply and test a tool for assessing a technology portfolio from a sustainability perspective and f) create a prototype of a model to develop  the product portfolio with a strategic sustainability perspective.

This research provides a knowledge foundation of how sustainability can be integrated in product portfolio. In future research a model will be developed to support companies of how to include a strategic sustainability perspective into their product portfolio to enhance development of more sustainable solutions.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2020. p. 157
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 2
Keywords
Product portfolio, sustainability product portfolio, sustainable product development, portfolio evaluation criteria, early design phase, strategic sustainability, strategic plan.
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-19037 (URN)978-91-7295-398-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2020-02-14, 09:30 (English)
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Contact the author to receive a pdf of the full thesis (papers included): dcv@bth.se or telephone +46455385569

Available from: 2019-12-18 Created: 2019-12-18 Last updated: 2020-01-24Bibliographically approved

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