Life cycle work: A process study of the emergence and performance of life cycle practice
Journal article, 2020

Life cycle management (LCM) is a concept that goes beyond traditional corporate environmental management, due to its’ focus on a product’s entire life cycle. The spread of such concepts is usually understood in terms of processes of ‘diffusion’, whereby ideas spread over time by some inexplicable force. However, diffusion has proven less adequate to describe how ideas spreads in practice. Here, we address this oversight by studying the emergence and performance of what we refer to as life cycle practices. Drawing on an analysis of the development of a sustainability portfolio within a globally-operating manufacturing company, we illustrate the kinds of life cycle work involved in dealing with local activities and interests, connecting activities and interests into action-nets, performing life cycle practices, and spreading the life cycle idea. Finally, we discuss implications of life cycle work for research in the field of organization and management studies and for LCM research.

performativity

action-nets

Life cycle management (LCM)

sociology of translation

sustainability

Author

Hanna Nilsson-Lindén

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Andreas Diedrich

University of Gothenburg

Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Organization and Environment

1086-0266 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Environmental Management

Business Administration

DOI

10.1177/1086026619893971

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2/11/2020