Organising Sustainability Competencies through Quality Management: Integration or Specialisation

Vanajah Siva, Ida Gremyr, Arni Halldorsson

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A significant step in integrating environmental sustainability into daily operations is through product development. One way to achieve such integration of environmental considerations into product development is by relating sustainability competencies to practices of Quality Management. However, practices seem to vary for how competencies within environmental sustainability are organised in order to make sustainability more actionable. This study explores two ways of organising sustainability competencies in product development: integration and specialisation. The organisation of sustainability competency is illustrated through two cases; one case in which sustainability is integrated with the quality management competency, and the other in which a new competency focusing on sustainability has been added as a separate function in product development. It is suggested that the organisation of sustainability competency influences the extent of environmental impact. Further, trade-offs, such as material source versus weight may not be exploited when sustainability is integrated as one area of responsibility for another specialty competency, suggesting a lack of sufficient competency within environmental sustainability to recognise potential trade-offs between—for example—quality and environmental impact
OriginalspråkEngelska
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftSustainability
Volym10
Utgåva5
Sidor (från-till)1-14
Antal sidor14
ISSN2071-1050
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 25.04.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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