A Methodology to Align Core Manufacturing Capabilities with Sustainable Manufacturing Strategies
Paper in proceeding, 2018

How do core business and manufacturing capabilities enable strategies for sustainable manufacturing, and what are those capabilities? This paper proposes a Capability Methodology for Sustainable Manufacturing (CMSM) for allowing top management of manufacturing companies to address these questions. A diagnostic tool was developed from three case studies based on a set of interview questions aimed at identifying core capabilities and sustainability issues in manufacturing companies. Interview data was coded and mapped through a relational matrix formulation that describes four archetypes for the development of sustainability strategies. The matrix maps the degree of complexity of the sustainability concept as understood by the company, and the scope of the product life cycle being considered. It is argued that the methodology helps bring awareness to managers of any gaps or mismatches between their actual core capabilities and the desired outcomes for sustainable manufacturing.


Triple Bottom Line


Sustainable Manufacturing

Product Life Cycle


Ilaria Giovanna Barletta

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Erik Van Voorthuysen

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (eISSN)

Vol. 69 242-247

25th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, , CIRP LCE 2018
Köpenhamn, Denmark,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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