Addressing the gap between manufacturers’ sustainability intentions and effective sustainable product development : the big themes framework

K. Peters, A.A. Alblas, J.C. Wortmann

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Abstract

Sustainability is a complex concept with various meanings and operationalizations. Consequently, manufacturers face difficulties to set appropriate strategies and goals for sustainable product design (SPD), even though intentions to make more sustainable products are stronger than ever before. This paper investigates a framework of themes in sustainability, i.e., Big Themes, which product developers can use to find and select appropriate sustainability strategies and goals. The Big Themes framework is made in the context of a research consortium of six manufacturing companies. An analysis of CSR reports of manufacturers operating in related industries forms the basis of the framework under investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the EUROMA 2013 Conference, Jun 7-12, Dublin, Ireland
Pages1-10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Eventconference; EUROMA 2013 Conference, Jun 7-12, Dublin, Ireland -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

Conferenceconference; EUROMA 2013 Conference, Jun 7-12, Dublin, Ireland
Period1/01/13 → …
OtherEUROMA 2013 Conference, Jun 7-12, Dublin, Ireland

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