Special Issue "Product Development and Life-Cycle Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assist. Prof. Paulo Peças
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IDMEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: manufacturing and operations management; lean and agile manufacturing; sustainable production, product development and life-cycle management
Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze
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Chair of Management Accounting and Control, Technische Universität Chemnitz, 09107 Chemnitz, Germany
Interests: cost accounting and management; product costing; investment appraisal; life-cycle- and sustainability-related evaluation and design
Prof. Dr. Marco Leite
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UNIDEMI, Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica e Industrial, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: additive manufacturing; agile and lean product design and development; technology evaluation and assessment; rapid prototyping; new services development
Dr. António J. Baptista
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INEGI—Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 400, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: complex product and systems development; lean product design assessment (design for X); product life-cycle management; sustainability and performance assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, the design for sustainable products implies holistic approaches and methodologies. The evaluation and management of the products’ life cycle is a complementary discipline contributing to the achievement of sustainability with regard to products’ and systems’ life spans.

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers developing and deploying approaches, methods, and tools for assessing, designing, and managing sustainable products and systems from a life cycle perspective. Research papers should present and discuss, among others,

  • methods and tools to evaluate and select design alternatives based on sustainability criteria assessment;
  • strategies and guidelines to incorporate sustainability assessment, in particular in the early design phase activities;
  • design frameworks and approaches to ensure the life-cycle management of new products;
  • models and tools to support informed and sustainability-based decisions during products’ or systems’ life cycle;
  • Strategies and tools for incorporating social aspects in product development.
  • Implementation frameworks towards sustainable products.

These topics can be addressed by revision-based papers proposing guidelines for design and/or management frameworks or approaches, by research-based papers demonstrating the benefits and limitations of the proposed strategies or methods, or by case study papers exploring and validating tools and models´ applications.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Prof. Dr. Paulo Peças
Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze
Prof. Dr. Marco Leite
Dr. António J. Baptista
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • new product development
  • design for sustainability
  • design for life cycle
  • life-cycle engineering
  • life-cycle management
  • sustainable production
  • sustainable products

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Economic and Environmental Implications of Quality Choice under Remanufacturing Outsourcing
Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 874; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030874 - 24 Jan 2020
Although many studies have recently investigated how the product quality impacts on economic and environment performance under remanufacturing, all of them assume that remanufacturing operations are undertaken by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or independent remanufacturers (IRs). However, many OEMs such as Lexmark, [...] Read more.
Although many studies have recently investigated how the product quality impacts on economic and environment performance under remanufacturing, all of them assume that remanufacturing operations are undertaken by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or independent remanufacturers (IRs). However, many OEMs such as Lexmark, Canon, and Epson filed lawsuits with those IRs without licensing, but outsourced the remanufacturing operations to several contracted remanufacturers (CRs). We therefore extend the prior research to investigate the economic and environmental implications of OEMs’ strategic desired quality level choices under remanufacturing outsourcing. That is, we develop two models corresponding to two scenarios where OEMs (1) undertake remanufacturing in-house or (2) outsource it to a CR. Our results show that, to create a less intense cannibalization problem for new products sales, OEMs would be likely to choose a lower product quality when outsourcing remanufacturing to a CR. More importantly, from the economic perspective, we find that outsourcing remanufacturing to a CR hurts the OEM and the industry. However, from the environmental angle, our results reveal that there is a ratio threshold for environmental impact for different life cycle phases, above which remanufacturing in-house is definitely beneficial for OEM in economics and environment, but for the rest, outsourcing is equally or more environmental-friendly, despite cutting down the profit. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Product Development and Life-Cycle Management)
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