Rachael Gould; Sara Regio Candeias; Anton Valkov , pp. 109. ING/School of Engineering, 2012.
The Templates for Sustainable Product Development (TSPD) is a tool for sustainability practitioners to assist product development teams with bringing sustainability considerations to the early phases of product development in a strategic, quick and resource-efficient way.
This thesis project builds on the earlier TSPD work by investigating the ways in which sustainability practitioners could apply the TSPD in order to improve the outcomes. The factors influencing the quality of the outcomes of a TSPD application were investigated. Then, support was developed for use by sustainability practitioners to address these factors. This support was
field tested and refined in four iterations.
It was discovered that achieving high quality outcomes from a TSPD application is dependent on having both high quality strategic sustainable product development content and high quality facilitation of the people considering this content. The quality of both content and facilitation influences the participants’ level of engagement, which influences the quality of the outcomes of the TSPD application. The support was
developed such that it assists sustainability practitioners in addressing both content and facilitation through a participatory approach.
There is some evidence that use of the developed support contributed to both high level of participants’ engagement and high quality outcomes of the TSPD applications.
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