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Introducing Sustainability in Value Models to Support Design Decision Making: A Systematic Review

Version 1 : Received: 28 April 2017 / Approved: 1 May 2017 / Online: 1 May 2017 (07:40:35 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 1 May 2017 / Approved: 2 May 2017 / Online: 2 May 2017 (05:33:38 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 12 June 2017 / Approved: 12 June 2017 / Online: 12 June 2017 (13:51:25 CEST)

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Bertoni, M. Introducing Sustainability in Value Models to Support Design Decision Making: A Systematic Review. Sustainability 2017, 9, 994. Bertoni, M. Introducing Sustainability in Value Models to Support Design Decision Making: A Systematic Review. Sustainability 2017, 9, 994.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2017, 9, 994
DOI: 10.3390/su9060994

Abstract

Manufacturing organizations shall recognize sustainability as a business occasion to capitalize on, rather than an undesirable pressing situation. Still, empirical evidence shows that this opportunity is hard to capture and communicate in global strategic decisions, through planning by tactical management, to daily operational activities. This paper systematically reviews the modeling challenges at the crossroad of value and sustainability decisions making, spotlighting methods and tools proposed in literature to link sustainability to customer value creation at strategic, tactical and operational level. While statistical results show that the topic of sustainability and value modeling is trending in literature, findings from content analysis reveal that recent attempts to promote a value-based view in the sustainability discussion remain at a strategic level, with most of the proposed indicators being suited for managerial decision-making. The lack of support at operational level points to the opportunity of cross-pollinating sustainability research with value-centered methodologies originating from the aerospace sector. The Value Driven Design framework is proposed as main hub from which to derive models supporting engineers and technology developers in the identification of win-win-win situations, where sustainable improvements are aligned with business advantages.

Subject Areas

sustainability; value modeling; decision support; value driven design; review

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