Thesis Title: Enhancing Sustainable Innovation by Design
Subtitle: An Approach to the Co-creation of Economic, Social and Environmental Value
The thesis introduces a new, flexible and easy-to-use methodological design approach to envisioning product-service systems able to create economic value for business, as well as social and environmental benefits for society. Such an approach has been developed to support business innovation projects, by finding a practical way of making 'sustainability' part of their design briefs.
The approach proposed does not replace conventional eco-design practices: it is an instrument of different nature. It moves beyond the modification of products and their technological changes towards answers able to stimulate social innovation, and therefore to facilitate a radical transformation of industrially-oriented patterns of production and consumption.
Design-for-sustainability; co-design methodology; product-service systems; sustainable innovation; strategic design; triple bottom line; partnerships building.
Prof.dr. Hafkamp, W.A.
Prof.dr. Manzini, E.
Philips Design, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.