A method for sustainable product development based on a modular system of guiding questions

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Sophie Byggeth, Göran Broman, Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Title: A method for sustainable product development based on a modular system of guiding questions
Translated title: En metod för hållbar produktutveckling baserad på ett modulsystem med guidade frågor
Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production
Year: 2007
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pagination: 1-11
ISSN: 0959-6526
ISI number: 000242129700001
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
Authors e-mail: sophie.byggeth@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: In this paper, we present a Method for Sustainable Product Development (MSPD) with the aim of integrating social and ecological aspects of sustainability with a strategic business perspective in product development. The method applies backcasting from basic principles for sustainability, which allows a strategic approach, and it includes a modular system of guiding questions that are derived by considering these principles and the product life cycle. Initial testing in Swedish companies indicates that the suggested MSPD promotes a ‘bird’s eye’ perspective and encourage and aid development of products that support society’s transformation towards sustainability. Furthermore, it is concluded that the modular system provides flexibility and user-friendliness.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Keywords: sustainable product development, modular system of questions, method for sustainable product development