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The effect of Product service systems (PSS) on the ecological sustainability of manufacturing firms

Hohdorf, Pia (2019) The effect of Product service systems (PSS) on the ecological sustainability of manufacturing firms.

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Abstract:Over the past years, the importance of ecological sustainability linked to inter alia the manufacturing industry increased substantially. In addition to that the development of products and services, contributing to a decrease in the aforementioned ecological issues is from high importance in the manufacturing industry. For this, the implementation of environmental degradation prevention practices such as product service systems (PSS) can be used as a starting point. To identify what effects the introduction of PSS has on the environmental sustainability of manufacturing firms, a case by case analysis including interviews is conducted amongst three medium sized manufacturing firms. In order to do so, a pilot project approach is applied. The aim of this approach is to analyze PSS business opportunities, explore new PSS design and development processes and ultimately find a fitting PSS solution. It was found that the overall energy consumption of manufacturing firms is too high and bears great potential of change in order to act more ecologically sustainable. Therefore, the use of solar energy presented itself most feasible. In order to generate up to high impact reductions manufacturing firms bear great potential of adopting product- as well as use-oriented services.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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