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Integration of Sustainability Aspects in Product Development
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2001 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Integrering av hållbarhetsaspekter i produktutveckling (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Integration of sustainability aspects into the product development process has been difficult to achieve, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. The main reason is that existing tools are experienced to be too detailed and as a result too demanding in terms of time and resources. This Licentiate Thesis presents a method for sustainable product development (MSPD). The method is intended to be a complement to existing overarching sustainability management tools and detailed quantitative product analysis tools. The objectives of the MSPD are: (i) identification of potential problems of present or planned products caused by substances and activities during the product life cycle that are critical with regard to principles for sustainability; (ii) guidance in finding solutions to the potential problems by modifications of present or planned products, and (iii) promotion of new products and business ideas based on sustainability aspects. A method suitable for most enterprises, irrespective of product type or background knowledge, has been sought. The MSPD includes: (1) a management tool which supports the user with information about, and instructions for applying, the method; (2) a flexible model for an integrated product development process, including checklist questions concerning traditional aspects of product development; (3) a modular system of guiding questions concerning aspects of sustainability, and (4) a prioritisation matrix for evaluation and choice of proposals in each product development phase. A MSPD prototype has been developed and tested in six small and medium- sized enterprises to study the usability of the basic structure of the method, and to obtain ideas for improvements and further development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University , 2001.
Keyword [en]
sustainability, sustainable product development, MSPD, SPA.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Applied Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00260Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoF2CA6D5277220997C1256E28002C375AOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-00260DiVA: diva2:837208
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2004-01-27 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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