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Paulson, Fredrik
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Paulson, F. & Sundin, E. (2019). Challenges when including sustainability aspects in product development at two large manufacturing companies in Sweden. In: Allen H. Hu, Mitsutaka Matsumoto, Tsai Chi Kuo, Shana Smith (Ed.), Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability I: Eco Design of Products and Services. Paper presented at Going Green EcoDesign2017 10th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing November 29 - December 1, 2017, Tainan, Taiwan (pp. 229-243). Singapore: Springer, I
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges when including sustainability aspects in product development at two large manufacturing companies in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability I: Eco Design of Products and Services / [ed] Allen H. Hu, Mitsutaka Matsumoto, Tsai Chi Kuo, Shana Smith, Singapore: Springer, 2019, Vol. I, p. 229-243Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When including sustainability aspects in product development challenges may arise. The aim of this paperis to expand current knowledge about challenges faced by manufacturing companies when includingsustainability aspects in product development. To fulfil the aim, a multiple case study at two largemanufacturing companies was conducted. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews,complemented with data from the companies’ sustainability reports. The novelty of this research is an expansion of the existing knowledge about these types ofchallenges. Additionally, drivers for the companies’ inclusion of sustainability aspects in productdevelopment and meaning of sustainability for the companies, are described. The results show that thechallenges differ to a large extent between the two companies. Despite the differences, challenges causedby a lack of recourses, lack of knowledge and need to fulfil economic goals are the most commonly described challenges at the companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer, 2019
Keywords
ecodesign, environmental conscious design, sustainable, product design, design for environment
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151686 (URN)10.1007/978-981-13-1181-9_18 (DOI)9789811311802 (ISBN)9789811311819 (ISBN)
Conference
Going Green EcoDesign2017 10th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing November 29 - December 1, 2017, Tainan, Taiwan
Available from: 2018-10-01 Created: 2018-10-01 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved
Paulson, F. & Sundin, E. (2018). Inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development – two industrial cases from Sweden. In: Proceedings of NordDesign - Design in the era of digitalization: . Paper presented at NordDesign 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development – two industrial cases from Sweden
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of NordDesign - Design in the era of digitalization, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Knowledge on how to include sustainability aspects in product development has increased during the last 25 years. Research has contributed with literature reviews, case studies, and the development of supporting methods, frameworks and guidelines.

Despite the large amount of knowledge generated on how to include sustainability aspects in product development, there are few studies that focus on describing how manufacturing companies, in real life, include sustainability aspects in their product development.

The aim of this paper is to describe how two manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development, make a comparison between them, and relate findings with prior studies. To fulfil the aim, a multiple case study at two large Swedish manufacturing companies was conducted. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and by analyzing sustainability reports.This paper provides two novel context-dependent descriptions of how large manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development. There are several similarities identified between the two companies in this study and descriptions inprior studies of how manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development. For example, there are manufacturing companies that systematically include sustainability aspects in product development; however, what is systemized differs between thecompanies.This research suggests that the easier an aspect can be related to the design of the product the more likely the aspect will be considered by actors in the product development function, such as design engineers. Additionally, this research indicates that the product owner is animportant internal actor who affects the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development, and especially the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product requirements. Further studies are suggested on how product owners elicit and prioritize sustainability aspects, how these aspects are formulated in product requirements, as well as how, and how commonly, marketing and sales elicit sustainability aspects from customers.

Keywords
Ecodesign, design for environment, environmentally conscious design, design, case study, practice
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156127 (URN)
Conference
NordDesign 2018
Available from: 2019-04-03 Created: 2019-04-03 Last updated: 2019-06-05
Paulson, F. (2018). Inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development at manufacturing companies. (Licentiate dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
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2018 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Due to current consumption and production patterns of products, pressure on already constrained natural resources, an increasing global population, increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and reduced access to clean water globally, studying manufacturing companies’ inclusion of sustainability aspects in their product development becomes important.

The aim of this thesis is to expand current knowledge on the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development at manufacturing companies. More specifically, the expansion of current knowledge covers how manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in product development, the challenges manufacturing companies may face when including sustainability aspects in product development, and the reasons for these challenges.

To fulfil this aim, a literature study and a multiple case study were conducted at two international, listed, manufacturing companies in Sweden. Empirical data was collected using semi-structured interviews with two employees at each company and by analyzing the companies’ latest sustainability report.

Empirical results include two context-dependent descriptions of how manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in product development, 21 challenges the companies face, and 14 reasons for those challenges.

Conclusions include: (1) the role of conventional methods when including sustainability aspects in product development has been largely ignored in prior research; (2) a company’s product owner influences the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development, and in product requirements in particular; (3) the following three challenges are proposed incorporated in a comprehensive framework of challenges that has been developed in prior research:

  • Making suppliers fulfil the sustainability requirements that are placed on them.
  • Transforming sustainability aspects, or general goals, into measurable requirements that contribute to reduced environmental impact from products while at the same time contributing to competitive profit.
  • Identifying how to reach economic goals more efficiently with a more sustainable initiative or solution than other initiatives.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. p. 108
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Licentiate Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1828
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153234 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-153234 (DOI)9789176851524 (ISBN)
Presentation
2018-12-20, ACAS: Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2019-10-12Bibliographically approved
Paulson, F. & Sundin, E. (2018). Inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development – two industrial cases from Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at NordDesign 2018 - Design in the era of digitalization, August 14-17, 2018, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Swedish Design Society
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development – two industrial cases from Sweden
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Knowledge on how to include sustainability aspects in product development has increased during the last 25 years. Research has contributed with literature reviews, case studies, and the development of supporting methods, frameworks and guidelines. Despite the large amount of knowledge generated on how to include sustainability aspects in product development, there are few studies that focus on describing how manufacturing companies, in real life, include sustainability aspects in their product development. The aim of this paper is to describe how two manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development, make a comparison between them, and relate findings with prior studies. To fulfil the aim, a multiple case study at two large Swedish manufacturing companies was conducted. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and by analyzing sustainability reports. This paper provides two novel context-dependent descriptions of how large manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development. There are several similarities identified between the two companies in this study and descriptions inprior studies of how manufacturing companies include sustainability aspects in their product development. For example, there are manufacturing companies that systematically include sustainability aspects in product development; however, what is systemized differs between the companies.This research suggests that the easier an aspect can be related to the design of the product the more likely the aspect will be considered by actors in the product development function, such as design engineers. Additionally, this research indicates that the product owner is an important internal actor who affects the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product development, and especially the inclusion of sustainability aspects in product requirements. Further studies are suggested on how product owners elicit and prioritize sustainability aspects, how these aspects are formulated in product requirements, as well as how, and how commonly, marketing and sales elicit sustainability aspects from customers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Swedish Design Society, 2018
Keywords
ecodesign, design for environment, environmentally conscious design, design, case study, practice
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151687 (URN)978-91-7685-185-2 (ISBN)
Conference
NordDesign 2018 - Design in the era of digitalization, August 14-17, 2018, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2018-10-01 Created: 2018-10-01 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved
Paulson, F. & Sundin, E. (2015). Challenges and trends within eco-design. In: EcoDesign 2015 International Symposium: . Paper presented at International conference on EcoDesign2015, Tokyo, December 2-4, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges and trends within eco-design
2015 (English)In: EcoDesign 2015 International Symposium, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Despite years of research and other activities in society the anthropogenic impact on nature still increase. Eco-design has a potential to reduce this impact, but yet a minority of companies practice it. The aim of this paper is to identify current challenges and trends within eco-design. In addition, the paper further aims to disclose important eco-design related research gaps. Eco-design challenges and trends have been studied in 22 selected papers, out of 52, found in ScienceDirect during April 2015. In addition, four snowballed papers from the same database and one standard were included. Challenges and trends are revealed and structured into four categories; 1) system and success level; 2) strategy level; 3) action level; and 4) tools level. Most challenges and least trends are found within the first category: systems and success level. An implication from the result is that research and other activities should more than today be supported by a system and success level. Future research should focus on understanding the industry’s perspective, help set requirements in product specifications, create low economic risk implementation roadmaps, understanding how to map knowledge and information to aid eco-design implementation. It is also preferable to facilitate an efficient inclusion of social and economic aspects when practicing eco-design.

Keywords
eco-design, ecodesign, sustainable, product development, product design, engineering design, challenges, trends
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering Other Mechanical Engineering Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124695 (URN)
Conference
International conference on EcoDesign2015, Tokyo, December 2-4, 2015
Available from: 2016-02-10 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2018-12-04
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