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Sustainability management in product development projects: the ABB experience
University of Kalmar, Department of Technology, Eco Design.
ABB Corporate Research, Västerås.
University of Kalmar, Department of Technology, Eco Design.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1377-1385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes how ABB worked with environmental considerations when they developed their new capacitor. The sustainable development priorities are now integrated within their mainstream product development process model. The fact that ABB started a mandatory use of their GATE Model, including the sustainability considerations, verifies that ABB considers it to be a commercially sound methodology. The studied project resulted in a product with considerably better environmental performance than the traditional technology. One key factor is that the sustainability interest was truly advocated and supported by the management of the project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1377-1385 p.
Keyword [en]
Capacitor; Eco-design; Stage gate Model; Sustainability management; Capacitors; Environmental impact; Mathematical models; Performance; Project management; Environmental considerations; Product development
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6827DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2005.11.027ISI: 000240298500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6827DiVA: diva2:11646
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QC 20100820. Tidigare titel: Managing sustainability aspects in product development: the ABB experience. Titel ändrad 20100820.Available from: 2007-02-28 Created: 2007-02-28 Last updated: 2010-08-20Bibliographically approved
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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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QC 20100820.Available from: 2007-02-28 Created: 2007-02-28 Last updated: 2012-03-28Bibliographically approved

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