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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|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation|
|Depositing User:||Matthew Cook|
|Date Deposited:||21 Mar 2011 14:13|
|Last Modified:||21 Mar 2011 14:13|
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