System Innovation for Sustainability: A Scenario Method and a Workshop Process for Product Development Teams

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dc.contributor.advisor Boyle, C en
dc.contributor.advisor McDowall, R en Gaziulusoy, Ayse en 2010-12-17T02:15:03Z en 2010 en
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dc.description.abstract The overall objective of this research was to effectively link the activities/decisions at product development (micro-innovation) level in companies with the transformation which needs to take place at the societal (macro-innovation) level to achieve sustainability. The research took place in three phases. In the first phase a broad literature review was carried out which covered areas of sustainability science, futures studies and system innovation theory. In the second phase, based on the findings and insights gathered from the review of the literature, a theoretical framework was developed explaining how activities and decisions at product development level relates to the long term and structural changes required at the socio-technical system level to achieve sustainability. This theoretical framework was used to develop a scenario method to help product development teams in planning for system innovation for sustainability. The third phase of the research consisted of field work carried out to test, improve and evaluate the scenario method following an action research methodology. The results of the field work indicated that the scenario method can aid product development teams to incorporate sustainability issues into their decision making in an effective way and can influence the business transformation which needs to take place as part of the societal transformation to achieve sustainability. Three outstanding issues related to the scenario method remain as potential areas for improvement and/or further research: 1) The trade-off between the time/cost efficiency of the scenario method and the depth of the output which can be achieved using it; 2) The conflict between the time horizon prescribed to be used by the scenario method and the planning periods conventionally used by businesses which is only a fraction of the time required to transform socio-technical systems, and; 3) The wider application scope of the scenario method. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99207928314002091 en
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dc.title System Innovation for Sustainability: A Scenario Method and a Workshop Process for Product Development Teams en
dc.type Thesis en Civil Engineering en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-12-17 en

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