A Method for Sustainable Product Development In Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Sophie Byggeth, Göran Broman, John Holmberg, Ulrika Lundqvist, Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Title: A Method for Sustainable Product Development In Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
Conference name: TMCE Conference 2000
Year: 2000
Pagination: 417-428
ISBN: 90-407-1983-7
Publisher: Delft University Press
City: Delft
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Institutionen för maskinteknik)
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 780 00
Authors e-mail: sophie.byggeth@ima.hk-r.se
Language: English
Abstract: A qualitative Method for Sustainable Product Development (MSPD) is presented. It consists of three tools: an Integrated Product Development Model (IPDM), a strategic planning process based on backcasting (ABCD-analysis), and a matrix containing hierarchically ordered and guiding questions. This Sustainability Product Analysis (SPA) matrix has conditions for sustainability along one axis and the life cycle of the product along the other axis. The SPA-matrix is used in the ABCD-analysis, which in turn is used in the IPDM. Integrating the tools in this way and using overall conditions for sustainability is unique compared to many other tools and methods for design for the environment. The MSPD is being developed in discussions with ten small- and medium sized enterprises.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Business Administration\Management Control
Keywords: Sustainability Product Analysis, Design for Environment, Integrated Product Development, Sustainable Development, Product Planning.