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Understanding the potential opportunities provided by service orientated concepts to improve resource productivity

Cook, M. (2004). Understanding the potential opportunities provided by service orientated concepts to improve resource productivity. In: Bhamra, Tracy and Hon, Bernard eds. Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development 2004. Bury St. Edmonds, UK: Professional Engineering Publishing Limited, pp. 123–134.

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Abstract

Driven by the need to secure additional economic value, manufacturing firms have integrated a variety of service orientated concepts into their product portfolios. In some instances these are additional to their existing traditional material based products whilst in other they supplant these altogether. A number of commentators contend that this emerging technological trajectory may provide a promising avenue toward ecological modernisation and opportunities to yield significant improvements in resource productivity.

Using the results of a stream of research conducted by Cranfield University to assess the opportunities that this trajectory may provide, this paper identifies and challenges many of the key assumptions which underpin this assertion.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2004 Professional Engineering Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1-86058-470-5, 978-1-86058-470-1
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 26220
Depositing User: Matthew Cook
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 14:13
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2011 14:13
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26220
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