Product essentiality: an introduction
Paper i proceeding, 2018

This paper introduces the concept of product essentiality within sustainable operations management studies. It investigates the influence of location, gender, and family income on the perception of essentiality of ordinary goods and services. A total of 81 items, were classified according to a binary position of ‘essential’ or ‘superfluous’ by business students in both Brazil and UK. The results show there is no significant difference in perception either concerning gender or income in both countries. The only aspect that shapes the essentiality perception is culture. Our study contributes to the debates on operations sustainability and design of sustainable products and processes.



Product Development


Breno Nunes

Aston University

Roberto Alamino

Aston University

David Bennett

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Proceedings of 25th International EurOMA Conference

CSR-7 786-674-2

25th International Annual Conference of the European Operations Management Association
Budapest, Hungary,


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