An approach to assessing sustainability integration in strategic decision systems for product development

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Sophie Hallstedt, Henrik Ny, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Göran Broman
Title: An approach to assessing sustainability integration in strategic decision systems for product development
Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production
Year: 2010
Volume: 18
Issue: 8
Pagination: 703-712
ISSN: 0959-6526
Publisher: Elsevier
URI/DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.12.017
ISI number: 000277820200001
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - avd. för maskinteknik)
School of Engineering S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/ing/
Language: English
Abstract: This article aims to explore a new approach to assess company decision systems regarding sustainability-related communication and decision support between senior management and product development levels. The assessment approach was developed in theory and its applicability was directly tested in action research in two small and medium-sized companies and two large companies. The results were validated against experiences made by two management consultancies. Our study indicates that successful companies should: (i) integrate sustainability into business goals and plans, backed up by suitable (ii) internal incentives and disincentives and (iii) decision support tools. Our study also indicates that the new assessment approach can be used as a template to assess the current state of sustainability integration in company decision systems.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Sustainability\General
Keywords: Decision support system, Decision systems, Strategy, Sustainability, Sustainable development
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