Product chain collaboration for sustainability – A business case for life cycle management
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

Life cycle management (LCM) is frequently described as a holistic sustainability perspective along the product chain. It has mainly been a company internal practice, however, recent developments reveal a new type of LCM, where companies collaborate in product chain specific initiatives. This raises questions concerning why corporations extend corporate LCM towards product chain LCM. Here, we explore rationales and challenges for corporations engaging in one such coalition: The Sustainable Transport Initiative. The study covers five companies in different product chain positions and practitioners in different corporate functions. The results show a broad range of rationales for engaging in product chain LCM, related both to self-interest and a shared interest in the product chain. The importance of the ‘business case’ both for the individual companies, and the product chain, is identified. The importance of sustainability managers, as actors as facilitators in discussions in-between managers from different corporate functions is also identified.

Sustainable business

Challenges

Life cycle management (LCM)

Rationales

Business case

collaboration

Författare

Hanna Lindén

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Miljösystemanalys

Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Miljösystemanalys

Magnus Rosén

Business Strategy and the Environment

0964-4733 (ISSN) 1099-0836 (eISSN)

Organisering av livscykelarbete

SKF, 2011-01-08 -- 2017-08-31.

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Transportteknik och logistik

Miljöledning

Företagsekonomi

Miljövetenskap

DOI

10.1002/bse.2388

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Senast uppdaterat

2019-10-28