Transfer and application of product service systems: from academia to UK manufacturing firms

Cook, M. B.; Bhamra, T. A. and Lemon, M. (2006). Transfer and application of product service systems: from academia to UK manufacturing firms. Journal of Cleaner Production, 14(17) pp. 1455–1465.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2006.01.018

Abstract

The servicisation of many advanced economies is thought by many commentators to provide opportunities to move society away from unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. The concept of the Product Service System (PSS) has been conceptualised in academic circles to assist in the attainment of such desirable futures. This paper reports the findings of research conducted as part of the SOLiD project which considered the transfer and application of the PSS concept from academia to industry in the United Kingdom. It draws upon theories from evolutionary economics to provide a rationale for the transfer of the PSS concept and the role of this in achieving desirable technological change. The paper also identifies an appropriate methodology to transfer the PSS concept from UK academic circles to industry and the factors which impact upon, and importantly lead to, the successful completion of this process. The combination of theoretical insight with case study research is used to develop a framework that could help UK based intermediaries to complete the transfer of the PSS concept. This is seen as an integral part of public policies aimed at stimulating sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

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