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Conceptual sustainable production principles in practice: Do they reflect what companies do?
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0192-7751
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0216-4493
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2314-3357
2017 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 141, 693-701 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A common understanding of sustainable production principles and the identification of sustainable manufacturing practices among practitioners are key starting points in studying how manufacturers are making their operations more sustainable. However, there is a lack of insight in the literature connecting conceptual sustainable production principles, and the practices reflecting these principles. Using semi-structured interviews founded on the sustainable production principles posed by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, this paper presents an outlook of how companies in different industries carry out manufacturing practices related to the sustainability production principles. Results showed that the majority of sustainable manufacturing practices remain strongly centered on the environmental dimension of sustainability, with the greatest number of practices emanating from principles concerning energy and material conservation, and waste management. Similarly, reactive sustainable manufacturing practices prevailed over proactive sustainable manufacturing practices, as most of the practices aimed to comply with regulatory and market pressures. Quality and environmental management systems were acknowledged as important tools for putting sustainable production principles into practice; while Swedish environmental and social regulations were found to drive sustainable manufacturing practices. This study connects sustainable production principles with sustainable manufacturing practices and opens the way for further studies on a global or sector-specific scale.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 141, 693-701 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainable production principles, Sustainable manufacturing practices, Manufacturing companies
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-32014DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.09.079ISI: 000389090300063Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84994220079OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-32014DiVA: diva2:1038413
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2017-09-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring sustainable manufacturing principles and practices
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2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The manufacturing industry remains a critical force in the quest for global sustainability. An increasing number of companies are modifying their operations in favor of more sustainable practices. It is hugely important that manufacturers, irrespective of the subsector they belong to, or their organizational size, implement practices that reduce or eliminate negative environmental, social and economic impacts generated by their manufacturing operations.

Consequently, scholars have called for additional studies concerning sustainable manufacturing practices, not only to address the paucity of related literature, but also to contribute to practitioners’ understanding of how to incorporate sustainability into their operations. However, apart from expanding the knowledge of sustainable manufacturing practices, it is first key to understand the ground set of values, or principles, behind sustainable manufacturing operations. For that reason, the purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the existing body of knowledge regarding sustainable manufacturing principles and practices.

The results presented in this thesis are based on three studies: a systematic literature review exploring sustainability principles applicable to manufacturing settings, and two empirical studies addressing sustainable manufacturing practices.

In general, it is concluded from the literature that there is a little knowledge about sustainability principles from a manufacturing perspective. In relation to the most common sustainable manufacturing practices, it is concluded that these practices mainly refer to energy and material management, and waste management. Similarly, the study of the adherence of sustainable manufacturing practices to sustainable production principles concluded that the principles concerning energy and materials conservation, and waste management were found to create the highest number of practices. Although most manufacturers still engage in reactive sustainable manufacturing practices driven by regulatory and market pressures, some industrial sectors were found to be more prone to develop proactive sustainable manufacturing strategies than others. Furthermore, SMEs were found to lag behind large organizations regarding adherence to sustainable manufacturing principles.

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Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2016. 77 p.
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JTH Dissertation Series, 16
Keyword
Sustainable manufacturing principles, sustainable manufacturing practices
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-32016 (URN)978-91-87289-17-0 (ISBN)
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2016-11-04, E1405, Tekniska Högskolan, Jönköping University, Jönköping, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2017-09-12Bibliographically approved

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