InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleExploring Environmental New Product Development through the Three Dimensional Concurrent Engineering Approach
Primary AuthorMendy Mombeshora, University of Bath
Other Author(s) Elies Dekoninck; Steve Cayzer
Pages 1013 - 1024
Article ID sdm14-089
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractSupported by concurrent engineering, three dimensional concurrent engineering (3DCE) is a simple yet powerful model of NPD in which the traditional focus on an appropriate match between product and process is augmented by an additional consideration of supply chain configuration. Adopting a cross-disciplinary perspective, this paper contends that 3DCE based approaches can be effectively used to integrate environmental considerations into the NPD process. The synergy provided by 3DCE will aid in the successful integration of environmental considerations and allow organisations to meet apparently conflicting goals of sustaining the environment while satisfying corporate profitability objectives and providing excellent new product performance. This paper presents the results from an in-depth study of 3DCE theory, explores its impact on the integration of environmental considerations into the NPD process and maps its benefits onto environmental NPD (ENPD). The reviewed literature shows how ENPD would be improved through the addition of green supply chain design to environmentally responsible manufacturing and eco-design; which can be referred to as E-3DCE. The research then proceeds to show supply chain information sharing as a crucial new element that is required in the implementation of E-3DCE based approaches which can be fulfilled through supply chain mapping and the use of supply chain information sharing portal.

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