Holistic approach for sustainable product development and service

Wang, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-3863-7440, 2021. Holistic approach for sustainable product development and service. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

Sustainability can be achieved by developing products that are more sustainable than the existing status. A systematic sustainable solution should cover sustainable development and sustainable service to achieve the triple bottom line (TBL) of sustainability. However, current research in this area have not given enough attention to the full TBL and whole product life cycle.

This research aims to develop and implement a holistic approach to facilitate sustainable innovation that covers the whole life cycle of the product as well as the TBL of sustainability. This aim is achieved by developing a sustainable product development and service (SPDS) approach. Interdisciplinary methods and tools were integrated into the approach. Distinct from other counterpart methodologies, this approach: (1) addresses TBL of sustainability (2) enhances the interaction between product development and product service phases to advance sustainability performance. (3) Covers the whole life cycle stages of a product, from design, manufacture, distribution, retail to use, maintenance and repair, and EoL (4) demonstrates the suitability for universal product innovation instead of case-specific ones. The approach is further demonstrated with three case applications, including domestic lighting products, industrial lighting products and services, and flooring products. The Products developed by adopting this approach are proved to have superior sustainable performances as well as embracing prominent product functions.

This research contributes to the body of knowledge of sustainable innovation methodology. The proposed approach supports life cycle management and the implementation of sustainable product and service development, and facilitates enterprises to reform the profit model solutions towards sustainable production and consumption. Thus, it can be concluded that the SPDS approach is effective in developing product and service that advances the TBL of sustainability, which is novel in the subject area.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Wang, S.
Date: July 2021
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed in the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 01 Sep 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 10:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44095

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