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Fluid transitions to more sustainable product service systems

Cook, M. (2014). Fluid transitions to more sustainable product service systems. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 12 pp. 1–13.

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While Product Service Systems (PSS) are not inherently sustainable, they may form part of the mix of innovations that contribute to the development of more sustainable futures. However, whether the current trajectory of PSS research, with its emphasis on universal frameworks and standardisation adequately reflects and builds upon PSS diversity revealed by case study research may be questioned. Opportunities for transition to more sustainable PSS may be lost. In response, this paper draws on sustainable architecture to propose fluid transitions to more sustainable PSS: to PSS design practices that embrace diversity and enable specific PSS to be developed which address contextual interpretations of sustainability challenges. The core ideas of the PSS design are critically engaged in light of the principles and priorities of fluid transitions. Research directions to support fluid transitions to more sustainable PSS design practices are then explicated.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 2210-4224
Keywords: diversity; fluidity; product service systems
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 44248
Depositing User: Matthew Cook
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 10:57
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 04:28
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