The work carried out has involved the consortium partners including most of industrial partners to validate the results. Main result is a development framework which was developed and validated within the consortium and additional external actors. During the early phase of research when approaches for service or product development were identified and during the early interviews with the industrial partners, a first finding was that the development of sustainable solutions is not a task for single persons or a single division in a company. To develop and implement a sustainable solution several areas within and beyond the company boundaries must be considered. On different levels e.g. on network level with partners, strategic issues from top management, business model decisions, conceptual division like product engineers, operative division for logistics etc. must be involved to provide a (more) sustainable solution as a result. Hence there are several sustainability potentials on different levels which are later concretized with the help of so called dimensions. Hence the expression “development methodology” was changed to “development framework” to show and express the complex interdependencies between the different actors. Within this framework, which is a matrix combining a lifecycle perspective and an overview of different functional dimensions, different methodologies approaches are integrated and interconnected. Thereby the interfaces can be illustrated and described and different approaches can be integrated to avoid conflicts during development and to support the essential communication between the different dimensions (respectively actors/divisions in companies). The framework supports companies in their sustainable development process and creates transparency of the different tasks. Beside it gives several hints for useful approaches and tools. Further the framework can be used in companies as a tool itself to illustrate their own processes, interfaces, gates and communication channels. At the same time weaknesses and inefficiencies in their processes are revealed.
The framework has been validated within a big company with over 9000 employees where different division represent the dimensions as well as a small start-up company where the different dimensions are represented by only few persons. The framework introduced in this deliverable is the basis for the tools enhancing the several approaches. The tools will be described in detail in the following deliverable D3.4.
|Publisher||European Commission EC|
|Number of pages||133|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
- value network
- business model