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Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1341; doi:10.3390/su8121341

How to Deliver Open Sustainable Innovation: An Integrated Approach for a Sustainable Marketable Product

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Department of Business and Management, LUISS Guido Carli University, Viale Romania 32, 00197 Roma, Italy
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School of Engineering (DEIM), Tuscia University, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale, Sapienza Università di Roma, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
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Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems, Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038, USA
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Edile e Architettura, Sapienza Università di Roma, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editors: Francesco Asdrubali and Pietro Buzzini
Received: 15 August 2016 / Revised: 2 December 2016 / Accepted: 14 December 2016 / Published: 20 December 2016
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Abstract

The adoption of open innovation and peer production, powered by 3D printing technology, is transforming traditional manufacturing methods towards a “third industrial revolution”. The purpose of this research is to provide empirical evidence for an integrated approach, based on collaborative product development and peer production, combined with 3D printing, to deliver more sustainable, yet competitive, marketable products. In particular, this experimental study is conducted in the context of mobile forensics, an emerging market where limited expensive products exist and alternative solutions are needed. The technical viability and economic feasibility of the prototype developed in this research validate the proposed integrated approach, which could be a game-changer in the field of mobile forensics, as well as in other sectors. The sustainability improvements with this approach are a reduction of the total cost, thereby making it affordable for lower income users, and a decrease in energy consumption and pollutant emissions. The validated integrated approach offers start-up opportunities to develop and deliver more sustainable, marketable products, towards the paradigm of Open Sustainable Innovation. While the device developed and tested in this research has similar features to existing products, the methodology, implementation, and motivation are original. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer production; collaborative product development; open innovation; sustainability; 3D printing; open sustainable innovation; mobile forensics peer production; collaborative product development; open innovation; sustainability; 3D printing; open sustainable innovation; mobile forensics
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Cappa, F.; Del Sette, F.; Hayes, D.; Rosso, F. How to Deliver Open Sustainable Innovation: An Integrated Approach for a Sustainable Marketable Product. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1341.

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