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Planned or experience-based processes for eco-design innovation: exploring product development driven by environmental performance targets
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3164-6352
Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2001 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, ISSN 1466-2132, E-ISSN 1741-511X, Vol. 1, no 1/2, 164-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eco-design research suggests that environmental considerations should be integrated with product development with no or only minor changes to existing development processes. These processes are expected to be systematic, predictable and thoroughly planned. This paper explores if this assumption is still valid when requirements on environmental performance call for more innovative product development. An analytic model is derived from innovation management literature and used to analyse the development of a new industrial gas turbine, a project for which challenging emission level targets meant that new combustion technology had to be applied. The main conclusion is that the application of new technology is followed by changes of the development process, meaning that development becomes guided by real-time experiences rather than by formal plans.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 1, no 1/2, 164-178 p.
Keyword [en]
eco-design, innovation management; product development, technology development, industrial gas turbine, development process, green design
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35221DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2001.000746Local ID: 25788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-35221DiVA: diva2:256069
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1. Managerial challenges in environmental innovation: case studies in the electrical equipment and automotive sectors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managerial challenges in environmental innovation: case studies in the electrical equipment and automotive sectors
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation is a compilation of five papers that analyse and discuss the managerial challenge of environmental innovation. Environmental innovation seeks to integrate environmental features into products and thus bring new products with better environmental performance to the market. The dissertation reports on three case studies within the electrical equipment and automotive sectors. The first case refers to development of an innovative new gasoline-electric hybrid power train; the second case refers to the development of a new industrial gas turbine, comprising advanced new burner technology; and the third case describes the introduction of new technology for small-scale distributed electricity generation. On the basis of concepts and theoretical models derived from literature on innovation management, the dissertation offers two alternative ways to conceptualise environmental innovation. Firstly, environmental innovation is conceptualised as product development. This is useful to analyse the inner dynamics of R&D organisations and it hightlights the need to adapt organisations and managerial practices to the specific requirements of the development task. Secondly, environmental innovation is conceptualised as the introduction of new technology. Here, two alternative perspectives are discussed. The incumbents' perspective illustrates that environmental innovation may be perceived as a potential threat for existing manufacturers within the established industry and it is used to discuss their strategic responses. The entrants' perspective shows how the definition of early markets and applications is complicated for suppliers who are engaged in environmental innovation. The dissertation argues that environmental innovation is characterised by extensive complexity both in terms of technological complexity and complexity in shaping of demands on technological progress. It concludes that is is important for managers to create an ability to deal with complexity. Based on empirical findings, three possible approaches are outlined: simplification, interaction and experimentation.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2003. 89 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Management and Economics. Dissertations, ISSN 0347-8920 ; 59Dissertations from the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering, ISSN 1402-0793 ; 73
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-34668 (URN)22451 (Local ID)91-7373-655-1 (ISBN)22451 (Archive number)22451 (OAI)
Public defence
2003-07-01, 00:00
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