Tobias C. Larsson, Professor 

Tobias Larsson is chaired professor in Mechanical Engineering with special emphasis on Product-Service System Innovation.

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Professor Tobias C. Larsson (TCL), born 1972, got his PhD at Luleå University of Technology in 2001 within the area of simulation driven design within a product development context. The applications were within automotive, and high-speed train sector. Special emphasis was on multi-body dynamics and simulation driven design within a product development context.

The core of today is within Product-Service Systems Innovation where the focus is on developing methods and tools for engineering product development and simulation applications in industrial settings to support development of sustainable product-service systems (PSS) that should create value on the market. PSS puts the focus on the functional aspects of the development and drives the usually separated product and service development teams into a more concurrent way of working to ensure delivery of a life-cycle function. Value modelling and simulation, knowledge management, and innovation performance metrics when developing PSS is of extra interest in the research.

When companies are moving into a situation where they need to develop "greener" products and services in order to be sustainable, engineers involved in product development need to think about more choices all the time, sustainability being one of them. This means that the "engineers desktop" need to be updated with tools and methods to take into account life-cycle factors and sustainability, besides the traditional factors of product performance. The aim is to help research, prototype and implement this updated "engineering toolbox 2.0" for the engineer of the future.

TCL focus product-service system innovation, product development, engineering design and knowledge engineering principles in a design research quest to support the progress towards an "engineered sustainable future".

TCL is currently supervising 12 PhD students and has examined several PhD's (20) and licentiate (19) degrees. He has contributed in over 100 peer-reviewed publications within his research area. TCL has initiated and finalized several research projects. Currently leading the BTH KKS research profile "Model Driven Development and Decision Support". TCL was the main person behind the creation of the Faste Laboratory, a VINN Excellence Centre within product-service systems. He is co-founder of the Design for Wellbeing framework, a joint research project together with Stanford University, USA, and Hosei University, Japan, and have taken part in several European Union projects within aerospace sector (VIVACE 2004-2007, CRESCENDO 2009-2012).

TCL devotes his teaching efforts to product development courses, both via BTH lectures and via lectures on other universities and in industry on national and international level, and by being Programme Director of the Master programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation, MSPI, at BTH.

The mode of work is collaborative where building strong group dynamics processes in the research team collaboration is one cornerstone, building from experiences in team sports Playing ice hockey on semiprofessional level in Karlskrona, Örnsköldsvik, Piteå and Luleå.

Recent Book Contributions

Strategic Responsibilities



Publication list here.

PSS youtube movie

The movie display the challenges when developing product-service systems (Movie from the TCL research project "THINK - Teams for Heterogeneous Innovation Knowledge", supported by the Foundation for Strategic Research in the ProViking research programme).

With the above background the research is focused on the following aspects:

Product-Service Systems (PSS) & Product Innovation (PI)

  • Methods and tools for PSS development & innovation
  • Value driven PSS design
  • Modelling and simulation of PSS
  • Methods and tools for incremental product development and radical innovation
  • Creative methods for concept ideation and generation
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) for innovation and development work
  • Simulation driven design
  • Web 2.0 technolgies and tools for knowledge sharing in PSS and product innovation (wiki, blogs, folksonomies etc.)
  • Design Automation (Knowledge Based Engineering, Case Based Reasoning, Design Rational Capture etc.)

For more on the research, please visit the Product Development Research Lab.

PhD Candidates

  1. Eskil Andreasson, M.Sc., Industrial PhD candidate Tetra Pak, Mechanical Engineering, BTH
  2. Andre Benaim, M.Sc., Innovation Engineering, BTH/LU
  3. Rachael Gould, M.Sc., Strategic Sustainable Development, BTH.
  4. Johan Holmqvist, M.Sc., Knowledge Sharing in Innovative Teams, LTU.
  5. Pär Johansson, Tech.Lic., Innovation Engineering, LTU.
  6. Åsa Kastensson, M.Sc., Industrial PhD candidate SAAB Automobile, Innovation Engineering, LTU.
  7. Anna Karlsson, M.Sc., Industrial PhD student at Sandvik Coromant, Innovation Engineering, LTU.
  8. Lisiana Nurhadi, M.Sc., Strategic Sustainable Development, BTH.
  9. Massimo Panarotto, M.Sc., Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation, BTH
  10. Peter Thor, M.Sc., Industrial PhD candidate Volvo Aero, Engineering Knowledge Management in Product Development, LTU.
  11. Johan Wenngren, Tech.Lic., Innovation Engineering, LTU.

PhD Courses

  • Product-Service Systems | 7.5 ECTS
  • Product Design and Development | 7.5 ECTS
  • Knowledge Enabled Engineering | 7.5 ECTS
  • Participatory Product Innovation - P2I | 7.5 ECTS
  • Simulation of Vehicle Dynamics | 7.5 ECTS
  • Modelling and Simulation in Product Development | 7.5 ECTS
  • Innovative Technology and Business | 7.5 ECTS




  • 2013 - "Reviewers favourite" - Top 10% paper. ICED'13, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2011 - Best paper award at the International Conference on Research into Design - ICoRD'11, with the paper "Towards open innovation practices in aerospace industry: challenges and opportunities".
  • Finalist (top 4) in the national ranking "Technology Star 2008", arranged by Dagens Teknik magazine.
  • The Swedish Engineering Design Research and Education Agenda (ENDREA) stipendiate of 2001; Stipend used for visiting research work at Optimal Design Laboratory (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Ford Motors, Advanced Engineering (Detroit).
  • The CONEX stipendiate of 2001 for efforts within computer aided product development.
  • Global Top 10 ten on the "The 10 Best Intranet Designs of 2001" by NNGroup and for the development of the division intranet.


Pending publications in italics.
  • B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson.; (In press, available online by 31st July 2015) Additive Manufacturing Technology Potential: A Cleaner Manufacturing Alternative. 20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC). Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2015), August 2nd-5th, 2015, Boston, Masssachusetts, USA.
  • S. Tavassoli, B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson.; (In press, estimated for July 2015) Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries. In C. Karlsson, B. Johansson, & R. Stough, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization'', Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Thompson, A.W., T.C. Larsson, O. Isaksson and G. Broman (201X). Pursuing Sustainability through Servitization in Manufacturing Firms. Journal of Cleaner Production. Accepted for publication.
  • Sohrabpour, V., D. Hellström, T. Larsson. (201X). Exploring models and software for predicting the corrugated board and box properties, Journal of Packaging Science and Technology.
  • Bertoni, A., M. Bertoni, M. Panarotto, C. Johansson, T. Larsson (2015). Expanding Value Driven Design to Meet Lean Product Service Development. 7th Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference – PSS, industry transformation for sustainability and business, May 21-22, 2015, Saint-Étienne, France. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.153
  • B. Kianian, S. Tavassoli, T.C. Larsson (2015). The Role of Additive Manufacturing Technology in job creation: an exploratory case study of suppliers of Additive Manufacturing in Sweden. 12th CIRP Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing - Emerging Potentials, September 22nd-24th, 2014, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  doi:10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.109
  • Benaim, A., A. Larsson, T.C. Larsson, J. Elfsberg (2014). Becoming an innovative company: Assessing an organization's innovation capability from the perspective of a team. CINet 2014.
  • Benaim, A., T.C. Larsson, A. Larsson, J. Elfsberg (2014). Building a pathway for innovation -Lessons Learned from developing an online platform. NordDesign2014.
  • Broman G., Robèrt K-H., Basile G., Larsson T., Baumgartner R., Collins T. and Huisingh D., (2013). Systematic leadership towards sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2013. 
  • Panarotto, M., T. Larsson, A. Larsson. (2013). Enhancing supply chain collaboration in automotive industry by value driven simulation. 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), 19-22 August, 2013, Seoul, Korea.
  • Hallstedt, S., T. Thompson, H. Ny, O. Isaksson, T. Larsson. (2013). A Decision Support Approach for Modeling Sustainability Consequences in an Aerospace Value Chain. IDETC/CIE 2013, August 5-9, Portland, US.
  • Kianian, B., T.C. Larsson, S. Tavassoli (2013). “Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries”. International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM2013) at Lisbon, Portugal, from June 26 to June 29, 2013.
  • Bertoni, A., M. Bertoni, M. Panarotto, T. Larsson. (2013). Methods and Technologies to enable Systems Engineering. CIRP Design Conference 2013, March 11-13, Bochum, Germany. 
  • Motamediyan, F., A. Thompson, T. Larsson (2012). Impacts of project-overload on innovation inside organizations: Agent-based modeling. ICTI 2012 : International Conference on Technology and Innovation, Venice, Italy, November 14-16, 2012.
  • Panarotto, M., T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, A, Larsson. (2012). Value simulation in conceptual phase of PSS design, TESConf 2012, Nov 5-6, Cranfield, UK. 
  • Bertoni, M., C. Johansson, A. Larsson, M. Sandberg, H. Nergård, T. Larsson, O. Isaksson. (2012). Knowledge Enabled Engineering, Research in Engineering Design
  • Larsson, A., M. Bertoni, Å. Ericson, K. Chirumalla, T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, D. Randall. (2012). The Rise of Social Product Development. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, Vol.11, No.2, pp.188 - 207, DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2012.048346.
  • Larsson, T., O. Isaksson, M. Kokkolaras, M. Bertoni, Å. Ericson. (2012). Simulation Driven Design for Product-Service Systems. 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 465-470, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_78.
  • Panarotto, M., Å. Ericson, T. Larsson. (2012). Intangibles in design of PSS value proposition, 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 85-90, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_14.
  • Nopparat, N., B. Kianian, A.W. Thompson, and T.C. Larsson. (2012). Resource Consumption in Additive Manufacturing with a PSS Approach, 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 357-362, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_60.
  • Ericson, Å., T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, A. Larsson (2012). Revisiting the Research Field of Product-Service Systems Development. ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), August 12-15, 2012 in Chicago, IL.
  • Tretten, P., A. Gärling, R. Nilsson, T. Larsson (2011). An On-Road Study of Head-Up Display: Preferred Location and Acceptance Levels. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, September 2011 vol. 55 no. 1 1914-1918. doi: 10.1177/1071181311551398.



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