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Sustainable Product Innovation by Dariush Rafinejad

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CHAPTER 6

THE PRODUCT CONCEPT AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

In this chapter, the process of developing sustainable products is examined. The methodologies presented here are informed by the best practices in the industry, including those researched by the author as well as those found in the published literature. Throughout the discussion, the significance of sustainability and the ways that the traditional best practices must be amended for developing sustainable products are highlighted. First, the general product development methodology is presented, and then certain nuances unique to different types of products—such as software, hardware, or service—are discussed.

Figure 6.1 illustrates the flow of activities in the life cycle of a product. The ...

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