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A design-theoretic review of Sustainable Product Development literature
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design. University of Graz, Institute of Systems Sciences Innovation & Sustainability Research, Austria.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4273-9490
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0176-5358
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1855-5437
2019 (English)In: 22nd International Conference on Sustainable Innovation, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Improving the socio-ecological performance of products in the design stage is essential for achieving sustainable patterns of production and consumption in line with the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy. However, the uptake of available methods for sustainable product development (SPD) in practice is still low. Therefore, this paper explores if and how the integration of such methods with theories and models of design can contribute to overcoming the lagging adoption of SPD practices. The systematic review that was conducted on the intersection SPD and design theory research reveals that out of 2849 peer-reviewed publications on SPD, only 27 have a design-theoretic foundation. In fact, only the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and Axiomatic Design were utilised in SPD methods. The majority of the reviewed publications address cross-functional conflicts and provide exemplary cases but mainly focus on environmental aspects. Adoptions on a large scale are not reported. We conclude that underpinning SPD methods with theories and models of design constitutes a considerable research gap and that the addressing of it has the potential to further advance their integration with conventional engineering and design tasks.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-244870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-244870DiVA, id: diva2:1293187
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22nd International Conference on Sustainable Innovation - Road to 2030: Sustainability, Business Models, Innovation and Design, 4th-5th March 2019
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QC 20190305

Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-03-04 Last updated: 2019-03-05Bibliographically approved

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