Introducing Strategic Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Product-Service Innovation Across Value Chains

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Henrik Ny, Anthony Thompson, Pia Lindahl, Göran Broman, Ola Isaksson, Raul Carlson, Tobias Larsson, Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Title: Introducing Strategic Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Product-Service Innovation Across Value Chains
Conference name: Sustainable Innovation 08: Future products, technologies and industries
Year: 2008
Publisher: The Centre for Sustainable Design
City: Malmö
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/
Authors e-mail: henrik.ny@bth.se, anthony.thompson@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Most companies do not have a coherent and systematic approach for incorporating sustainability criteria into their decision support systems. Given this, what would such a strategic decision support system (SDSS) look like that that is coherent throughout a development process and systematically incorporates (1) a full sustainability perspective, including (2) a broader approach to meeting needs by product-service systems, and (3) interfaces toward both specific groups of decision makers and specialized in-depth tools? We anticipate such an SDSS being structured by a framework for strategic sustainable development that provides a principle-based definition of sustainability and a systematic method to identify problems and solutions by backcasting from that definition. This should aid identification of potential benefits and challenges of shifting from a product-only focus to a focus on product-service systems. Additionally, the new sustainability and product-service system decision support should be flexible enough to be incorporated into existing decision-making processes. It will likely be formed around a built-in product development process at the companies.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Sustainability\General
Keywords: sustainability, strategic sustainable development, value chains, decision support systems, product-service systems
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