||A Framework for Creating Environmental Innovation through Co-Development
||Knudsen, Shin Lene Skovbølling
Mougaard, Krestine (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
||McAloone, Timothy Charles (Engineering Design and Product Development, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Restrepo-Giraldo, John Dairo (Engineering Design and Product Development, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
||Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
||Through a theoretical approach it will be investigated in this project, how inherent environmental issues are in supply chains, and subsequently, how companies are challenged with accommodating these considerations through the product development process, whilst still retaining competitive advantages. Many companies are forced to be more innovative in order to accommodate the pressure and competition, in order to stay competitive, companies need to access resources and knowledge outside the company.
Environmental impacts from productions and consumption can entail climate changes and pollution, this can companies try to prevent by ‘greening’ their business strategy and integrate environmental considerations into their product development processes.
Today no common approach or methodology exits for integrating environmental considerations in the front end of innovation. The project objectives are to integrate environmental considerations into an innovation process through partnering. Today most companies take a reactive approach, opposed to the proactive approach, which this project tries to solve by developing a framework and a process. It is noticeable that a proactive approach is not more integrated and exists. The process was created and validated by using a case study approach with two
participating case companies: Gabriel A/S (Denmark) and Steelcase Inc. (France). The companies were chosen because of their supplier/customer relationship. The conclusion is based on a validation workshop made with the two case companies. The process secures an integration of environmental considerations in front end of innovation, by creating a framework for integrating stakeholders into the product development process, which are creating the needed proactive approach. Codevelopment is chosen as a partnering method, and it is conducted by setting up a codevelopment workshop. This workshop guides the companies through different sessions, with selected idea generating tools, which are integrating environmental impacts, before the ideas and concepts are defined. This is done by creating a project team with participants who possess environmental and developing competencies, from each of the participating companies. The outcome of the process should be a strengthened likelihood of achieving innovative environmental concepts, for the company.
The theoretical contribution can help students, and academics interested in the field, and used it as a reference work. As there are not any existent theories covering this exact area, this contribution is providing a framework and process to use directly or get inspired by.
The process can be used as inspiration for companies with the wish to integrate a framework to work with innovation and environment, through co‐development. The thesis can also be used as a reference work for other interested parties.
||Appendixes in a second file
||Technical University of Denmark (DTU) : Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Creation date: 2009-06-22
Update date: 2009-10-27