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Title: Sustainable product service systems in small and medium enterprises (SMEs): opportunities in the leather manufacturing industry
Authors: Hernandez-Pardo, Ricardo J.
Bhamra, T.A.
Bhamra, Ran S.
Keywords: Design for sustainability
Product service systems
ICT
SME
Design
Green operations
Organizational transformation
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © The authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
Citation: HERNANDEZ-PARDO, R.J., BHAMRA, T.A. and BHAMRA, R.S., 2012. Sustainable product service systems in small and medium enterprises (SMEs): opportunities in the leather manufacturing industry. Sustainability, 4(2), pp.175-192.
Abstract: This paper presents an approach to identify opportunities to develop sustainable Product Service Systems (PSS) involving Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The purpose of the research is to build understanding of how the integration of product and service design and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can contribute to identify opportunities to develop sustainable PSS involving SMEs. In order to develop the approach, research with 16 Colombian Manufacturing SMEs was carried out. A reference model and four generic types of PSS according to the relationships between product and service design and ICT are used to analyse the data. Finally, the possibility of extending the approach into a general framework to work with other industries is discussed.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.3390/su4020175
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18661
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su4020175
ISSN: 2071-1050
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