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Sustainable Product Service Systems in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): Opportunities in the Leather Manufacturing Industry

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  • Ricardo J. Hernández Pardo

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    (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK)

  • Tracy Bhamra

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    (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK)

  • Ran Bhamra

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    (Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK)

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an approach to identify opportunities to develop sustainable Product Service Systems (PSS) involving Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The purpose of the research is to build understanding of how the integration of product and service design and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can contribute to identify opportunities to develop sustainable PSS involving SMEs. In order to develop the approach, research with 16 Colombian Manufacturing SMEs was carried out. A reference model and four generic types of PSS according to the relationships between product and service design and ICT are used to analyse the data. Finally, the possibility of extending the approach into a general framework to work with other industries is discussed.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 175-192

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:2:p:175-192:d:15845

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    Keywords: design for sustainability; Product Service Systems; ICT; SME; design; green operations; organizational transformation;

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    1. Mascle, Christian & Zhao, Hong Ping, 2008. "Integrating environmental consciousness in product/process development based on life-cycle thinking," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 5-17, March.
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