Fundamentals for the Design of Products for a Circular Economy: Examples from Software Engineering to Motivate Design of Physical Products

Eric Clemons, Stina Teilmann-Lock

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    Abstract

    Often research in information systems looks for reference disciplines, like information economics or game theory, that can inform and motivate our re-search. Here we reverse that paradigm and offer an area in which information system provides a reference discipline for the design of physical products. Design for the Circular Economy is a green initiative that goes beyond recycling and focuses on the design of products that can remain in use almost indefinitely, and thus are not replaced and are not recycled. This leads to products for which maintenance, repair, upgrades, and style enhancements are less wasteful. This usually requires breakthroughs in design and in manufacturing processes. There is a small set of design principles that enable Design for the Circular Economy, and that yield long-term benefits in the ownership and operation of products. Green design for the Circular Economy becomes relevant even for products with shorter life-times and lower costs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationHonolulu
    PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
    Publication date2021
    Pages6573-6582
    ISBN (Electronic)9780998133140
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021 - Online, Virtual, Online, United States
    Duration: 5 Jan 20218 Jan 2021
    Conference number: 54
    https://www.insna.org/events/54th-hawaii-international-conference-on-system-sciences-hicss

    Conference

    Conference54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021
    Number54
    LocationOnline
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityVirtual, Online
    Period05/01/202108/01/2021
    SponsorThe Nordic Sociological Association
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    ISSN1060-3425

    Bibliographical note

    Also published under the title: "Fundamentals for the Design of Products for a Circular Economy: Examples from Software Engineering To Motivate Efficient and Ethical Design of Physical Products".

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