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How does sustainability help or hinder innovation?:A study of successful companies founded on sustainability principles


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Tunn, V. and Dekoninck, E., 2016. How does sustainability help or hinder innovation?:A study of successful companies founded on sustainability principles. In: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM 2016, 2016-04-04 - 2016-04-06. Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, pp. 73-83. (Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies; 52)

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Abstract

This research analysed how sustainability impacts innovation in industry. Qualitative data was collected during interviews with employees from seven companies founded on sustainability principles. The data includes numerous examples of successful and unsuccessful sustainable design and manufacturing initiatives. Research findings indicate that improved packaging, eco-efficiency and the exploration of more sustainable solutions for standard products are fuelled by companies’ sustainability principles and successfully drive innovation. Whereas the supply of sustainable materials and trade-offs between sustainability and desirable material properties, as well as costs, represent challenges which can hinder innovation.

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Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsTunn, V.and Dekoninck, E.
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-32098-4_7
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Uncontrolled Keywordscomputer science(all),decision sciences(all)
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Research CentresInnovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC)
StatusPublished
ID Code52298

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