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Integrating environmental aspects in products
Univ Kalmar, Dept Technol..
Univ Kalmar, Dept Technol..
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of NordDesign: Product Development in Changing Enviroment / [ed] Lehtonen T., 2004, 244-250 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper present the result from two different interview studies made in Sweden. One study had focus on companies developing consumer products and focus of the other study was product developing companies. The companies in the study were from small to large size.

Many different aspects need to be considered when a product is developed. Most of them are connected directly to the function of the product such as speed, weight, height etc. Historically the main focus has been the products functionality, other aspects such as environmental, design, and ergonomic have been considered as less important.

The study show that size of the company affects how the companies work with environmental issues. The larger companies were more active regarding the work more with environmental issue. They have the possibility to have in-house knowledge or to contract external support to study their products.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 244-250 p.
Keyword [en]
environmental demands; sustainable engineering; Design for Environment (DfE); eco-design
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6825ISI: 000252984000026ISBN: 978-952-15-1227-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6825DiVA: diva2:11644
Conference
5th Biannual NordDesign 2004 Conference Tampere Univ Technol, Tampere, Finland, Aug. 18-20, 2004
Note
QC 20100820Available from: 2007-02-28 Created: 2007-02-28 Last updated: 2010-08-20Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Product development with a focus on integration of environmental aspects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Product development with a focus on integration of environmental aspects
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Environmental awareness has increased during the past 2-3 decades, and companies have gone from simply following legislation to adding environmental considerations into their business plans. The ongoing developments make it interesting to study how leading companies integrate environmental considerations into their product development processes.

The aim of this thesis is to study how environmental considerations can be integrated into the product development process. It is based on studies made in the Swedish manufacturing industry. The research has used both quantitative and qualitative methods. The foundation for the conclusion was derived from the four different studies building this thesis.

The aggregated conclusion from the studies suggests a conceptual model consisting of four cornerstones that should be addressed in order to ease the integration of environmental concerns: the management, product development process, DfE Mindset, and DfE Tools. The development of this model has its foundation in industrial case studies that show how leading companies have integrated environmental considerations in an innovative way.

Combined with the conceptual model is a discussion concerning the usage of existing tools and how sub-activities carried out within the development process are less formal than before. This non-rigid structure is in line with what is suggested in current innovation research for radical innovation, since it enables creativity to flourish and does not limit designers. This freedom of action for the creativity of the personnel in the projects has raised the environmental work to a new level.

The thesis also suggests how to use analytical and dialogue-based tools in a development project. It is beneficial to have a dialogue tool in the beginning of a project and in a radical innovation project, while it is beneficial to have an analytical tool later on in a project if more that one tool is used or in an incremental innovation project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2007. x, 102 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2007:01
Keyword
Product development process, innovation, integration, environmental considerations, DfE Tools, DfE Mindset, product developmen
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4289 (URN)
Public defence
2007-03-07, F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00
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Note
QC 20100820.Available from: 2007-02-28 Created: 2007-02-28 Last updated: 2012-03-28Bibliographically approved

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