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Management of environmentally driven change projects
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-0749
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3390-938X
City of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1507-2678
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Sustainable Economy, ISSN 1756-5804, E-ISSN 1756-5812, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 189-207Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a more sustainable society. Nevertheless, even though several efforts have been made in practice and in academia, more research is needed in relation to implementing sustainable solutions. Accordingly, the aim of the paper is to understand how manufacturing organisations can develop their operations to improve their way to respond to and manage change projects driven by environmental requirements. A multiple international case study is conducted, including nine case companies. The paper explores how the key factors for managing environmentally driven change can be integrated in the organisation, from the project – the core process – and the cultural perspective. A model is developed that can be used for operations managers to support their strategic planning of environmental change projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 189-207
Keywords [en]
managing change, environment, sustainable development, manufacturing, key factors, projects
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-33748DOI: 10.1504/IJSE.2016.077417OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-33748DiVA, id: diva2:1048509
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INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentAvailable from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Time to change: zipping sustainability into operations
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a sustainable society, where manufacturing companies need to respond to the challenges of environmental concerns in several ways. The need for managing environmental technological change in production systems is and will continue to be a challenge for manufacturing companies, as they often tend to focus on short-term priorities to stay economically competitive, rather than developing the organisation to manage longer-term environmental competitiveness.

In accordance with this, the objective of the thesis is to develop an understanding of how to manage environmental technological change in a production system. By identifying four categories of contextual preparedness, these being short-term focused, trade-off prepared, balance-seeking or long-term prepared, the thesis provides perspectives on how to manage change related to time and contextual aspects. The operation managers need to manage the projects by allocating individuals who can work systematically and build a strong knowledge base by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. It shows that knowledge is not only about technology but also about realising the need for change and developing strong longer-term objectives.

A model is developed to support operations managers with purposeful actions, such as reflecting upon their long-term capabilities and making conscious decisions when to manage their environmental technology change processes regarding their own production system. The model presents how to “zip” sustainability into operations, so as to provide guidance for operations managers on how to systematically manage long-term change in a context that needs to work with multiple time aspects - and priorities. By using the term zip it is emphasised that the long-term developments have to be consciously integrated into the organisation aligned to the short-term needs.

Literature reviews, as well as four empirical case studies, have been conducted in order to explore environmental technological change. In the first two studies, the factors which affect environmental technological change in a production system have been identified. In the two subsequent studies the change processes as such were studied, leading to an increased understanding of how the production system and temporal dimensions influence the change processes. The studies conducted and the results are presented in six appended papers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University Press, 2017. p. 89
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 243
Keywords
sustainable operations, environment, technological change
National Category
Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37110 (URN)978-91-7485-353-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-08, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-10-20 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2017-11-17Bibliographically approved

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