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Environmental innovation in auto development: managing technological uncertainty within strict time limits
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3164-6352
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4233-5138
2001 (English)In: International Journal of Vehicle Design, ISSN 0143-3369, E-ISSN 1741-5314, Vol. 26, no 2-3, 101-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing industry is facing increasingly stringent demands on environmental compliance and the auto industry is particularly exposed to pressure from public and authorities in this area. The purpose of this article is to provide an empirical analysis on how the application of new technologies in order to comply with environmental demands may change the product development process within the auto industry. Experiences from the development of Toyota Prius, the worlds first mass-produced car based on a hybrid power train, are presented and analysed. The analysis shows that technological uncertainty made it necessary to move beyond the prevailing lean product development approach. The article concludes by suggesting a strategy consisting of three fundamental elements in order to control technological uncertainty in innovative and time-focused product development projects up-front testing, intense horizontal communication, and clear and challenging objectives.

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2001. Vol. 26, no 2-3, 101-115 p.
Keyword [en]
hybrid vehicles, product development, innovation management, technological uncertainty, environmental innovation
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43012DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2001.001932Local ID: 70699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43012DiVA: diva2:263869
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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.
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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
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-34668 (URN)22451 (Local ID)91-7373-655-1 (ISBN)22451 (Archive number)22451 (OAI)
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2003-07-01, 00:00
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