An analysis of product properties affecting performance of end-of-life systems for electrical and electronics equipment
2008 (English)In: Management of environmental quality, ISSN 1477-7835, Vol. 19, no 6, 705-717 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose - On the basis of empirical studies this paper aims at identifying and analysing product properties that affect performance of end-of-life systems for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Design/Methodology/Approach – The research was carried out as case studies of end-of-life management of EEE. Case A focused on disassembly of computer screens and TV-sets, whereas Case B addressed logistics systems for recycling of various types of EEE. Data collection methods include interviews, on-site visits and observations, video recording, and studies of documents.
Findings – Nine product properties that affect performance of end-of-life systems for EEE are identified. The properties relate to three different product levels: the product assortment level, the product structure level, and the component level. A model is presented which indicates that choices made and decisions taken in the product development process affect the end-of-life system performance. Application of modular product architectures and component standardisation are suggested as relevant design strategies during product development.
Practical implications - The implications for managers are that the findings presented in this paper provide strengthened arguments that modular product architectures and component standardisation are favourable approaches to apply in product development. Complementary to the benefits for manufacturing and logistics also end-of-life system performance will improve when these approaches are applied.
Originality/Value - Previous research has indicated some product properties that are supposed to influence performance of end-of-life systems. These properties originate primarily from conceptual discussions rather than empirical studies. This paper add to current understanding by presenting empirically based insights regarding which specific product properties affect performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 19, no 6, 705-717 p.
Distribution management, Electrical equipment, Electronic equipment and components, Product development, Product life cycle, Product specification
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15176DOI: 10.1108/14777830810904920OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15176DiVA: diva2:113578
Original publication: Glenn Johansson and Maria Huge-Brodin, An analysis of product properties affecting performance of end-of-life systems for electrical and electronics equipment, 2008, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, (19), 6, 705-717.http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14777830810904920. Copyright: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, http://www.emeraldinsight.com2008-10-222008-10-222015-06-02Bibliographically approved