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An R&D Management Framework for Eco-Technology

  • Hideki Kobayashi


    (Corporate R&D Center, Toshiba Corporation. 1, Komukai-Toshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki 2128582, Japan)

  • Masahiro Kato


    (Corporate R&D Center, Toshiba Corporation. 1, Komukai-Toshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki 2128582, Japan)

  • Yukishige Maezawa


    (Belonging to the above organization at that time the research reported in this paper was conducted)

  • Kenji Sano


    (Corporate R&D Center, Toshiba Corporation. 1, Komukai-Toshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki 2128582, Japan)

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    Although research and development (R&D) affects new value-added creation, including that related to environmental aspects, there is little literature dealing with the integration of R&D management and eco-value. Here, eco-value of technology is defined as the advantage of environmental competitiveness in the market. This paper proposes a framework of R&D management of eco-technology (RDMOET), consisting of: (1) future research for sustainability; (2) making an original eco-theme portfolio and roadmap; (3) gap analysis and implementation of new eco-themes; and (4) eco-value evaluation. (1) and (4) are new processes compared with conventional R&D management. Through practice at the Corporate R&D Center of Toshiba Corporation, the usefulness of the proposed framework is verified from the viewpoint of not only technological eco-innovation, but also that of organizational learning for environmental sustainability.

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

    Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 1282

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:8:p:1282-1301:d:13679
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    1. Huppes, Gjalt & Ishikawa, Masanobu, 2009. "Eco-efficiency guiding micro-level actions towards sustainability: Ten basic steps for analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(6), pages 1687-1700, April.
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