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Towards a Sustainable Innovation Process: Integrating Lean & Sustainability Principles


Towards a Sustainable Innovation Process: Integrating Lean & Sustainability Principles

Conference Paper: APMS 2018 Seoul, Korea


Authors: Myrna Flores, Doroteja Maklin, Billy Ingram, Matic Golob, Christopher Tucci, Andrea Hoffmeier

Abstract: Many companies are heavily investing resources to innovate faster and smarter in order to gain or retain a competitive advantage. Nevertheless, defining and deploying a sustainable innovation vision still represents a challenge to most companies, as a deep change of mindset is required to reflect going beyond the design, development, production and distribution of new products, to also consider their disposal, recycling or reuse, as part of their end-to-end product life cycle. Therefore, this paper aims to: 1) highlight the relevance of including lean and sustainability principles in the early design and conceptualization phases, 2) explain how lean and sustainability can bring benefits when applied as an integrated system considering three axes: the economic, the social and the environmental, and 3) share a case study providing insights of a successful application.

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Lean Analytics Association (LAA) is a non-profit organization that helps companies to transform by enabling lean thinking in their innovation processes. LAA was founded in Switzerland in 2012 as a spin- off from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Our mission is to facilitate the transformation of companies by applying lean thinking and innovation best practices in the product development process. To accomplish our mission, we focus on enabling professionals to learn, innovate, and share to enable them to remove waste and accelerate the innovation outcomes providing training, organizing networking events and continuously research the latest trends.

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