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A transformational change framework for developing ecologically embedded manufacturing

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posted on 20.10.2020, 08:59 authored by Hana Trollman, James ColwillJames Colwill
Abstract Unless strategies are adopted to ensure materials remain in circulation within the economy, the manufacturing sector may be unable to support increasing demand from a growing global population. The purpose of this research is to present a framework for manufacturers to aid in the formulation of ecologically embedded strategy. The framework proposes five steps which integrate corporate, business, operations and sustainability strategy in a holistic manner with operations strategy informing business strategy. Qualitative comparative analysis is implemented to identify the causal characteristics of ecologically embedded products which are then used to select two cases for the application of process tracing (PT). Product case studies indicate a failure to communicate provenance, quality and lifecycle information to consumers, and hence, the slowing or closing of loops as part of a circular economy is not being effectively realised. PT confirms the feasibility of the framework for ecocentric strategy formulation in manufacturing. Manufacturers, policymakers and investors may use this framework to leverage the benefits of ecological embeddedness to enable continued growth and future-proofing.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management

Volume

21

Issue

4

Pages

341 - 368

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

25/09/2020

Publication date

2020-10-16

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0972-2696

eISSN

0974-0198

Language

en

Depositor

Mrs Hana Trollman Deposit date: 17 October 2020