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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 994; doi:10.3390/su9060994

Introducing Sustainability in Value Models to Support Design Decision Making: A Systematic Review

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-37179 Karlskrona, Sweden
Academic Editor: Fausto Cavallaro
Received: 23 March 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 30 May 2017 / Published: 9 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Manufacturing)
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Manufacturing organizations shall recognize sustainability as a business occasion to capitalize on, rather than an undesirable pressing situation. Still, empirical evidence shows that this opportunity is hard to capture and communicate in global strategic decisions, through planning by tactical management, to daily operational activities. This paper systematically reviews the modeling challenges at the crossroad of value and sustainability decisions making, spotlighting methods and tools proposed in literature to link sustainability to customer value creation at strategic, tactical and operational level. While statistical results show that the topic of sustainability and value modeling is trending in literature, findings from content analysis reveal that recent attempts to promote a value-based view in the sustainability discussion remain at a strategic level, with most of the proposed indicators being suited for managerial decision-making. The lack of support at operational level points to the opportunity of cross-pollinating sustainability research with value-centered methodologies originating from the aerospace sector. The Value Driven Design framework is proposed as main hub from which to derive models supporting engineers and technology developers in the identification of win-win-win situations, where sustainable improvements are aligned with business advantages. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; value modeling; decision support; value driven design; review sustainability; value modeling; decision support; value driven design; review
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