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Title: How to facilitate the implementation and diffusion of sustainable Product-Service Systems? Looking for synergies between strategic design and innovation sciences
Authors: Ceschin, F
Keywords: Design for sustainability;Strategic niche management;Scaling up;Product-service system;Transition management;Diffusion of innovations
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing
Citation: Sustainability in design: now! Challenges and opportunities for design research, education and practice in the XXI century, Bangalore, India, Vol 1: 440 - 454, 29 Sep - 1 Oct 2010
Abstract: Eco-efficient Product-Service System (PSS) innovations represent a promising approach to sustainability. However the application of this concept is still very limited because eco-efficient PSS are intrinsically radical innovations, that challenge existing customers’ habits (cultural barriers), companies’ organizations (corporate barriers) and regulative framework (regulative barriers). Because of these multi-dimensional changes, eco-efficient PSS can be considered complex and highly uncertain innovations, and therefore difficult to be predicted, planned and managed. Therefore the challenge is not only to conceive eco-efficient PSS concepts, but also to understand which are the most effective strategies to introduce and diffuse these concepts in the market. Bringing together insights from innovation sciences (in particular transition management, strategic niche management and radical innovation studies), the paper puts forward an approach through which effectively manage the implementation and diffusion of eco-efficient PSS innovations. Starting from these results the paper outlines the implications on the design level. A new different role for design emerges. A role that may potentially opens new fields of activity alongside the consolidated ones. A role in which design is not only aimed at defining sustainable PSS concept but it is also aimed at promoting, facilitating and setting- up the conditions for implementing and diffusing this kind of innovations.
Description: Copyright @ 2010 Greenleaf Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-906093-54-9
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Dept of Design Research Papers

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