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ERIC Number: EJ817609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Modeling Sustainability in Product Development and Commercialization
Carlson, Robert C.; Rafinejad, Dariush
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v28 n6 p478-485 2008
In this article, the authors present the framework of a model that integrates strategic product development decisions with the product's impact on future conditions of resources and the environment. The impact of a product on stocks of nonrenewable sources and sinks is linked in a feedback loop to the cost of manufacturing and using the product and to the end-users' preference for a sustainable product. Two product development scenarios are analyzed to illustrate the model's capabilities. These cases represent widely different market conditions and strategies in product development vis-a-vis sustainable product design and manufacturing. Future work must focus on application of the present framework to cases of realistic products and markets to further develop the model as a useful decision-making tool. The model might also serve as a means of analyzing normative resource-cost scenarios in regulatory policy mechanisms for sustainability. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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