A Review of key dimensions for designing environment-driven collaboration practices with external business partners

Raphaëlle Stewart, Casper Boks, Niki Bey

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    Abstract

    Environmental sustainability challenges are of growing interest in the business world and collaboration with external business partners is considered a key means to tackle them. Nevertheless, collaborating with external business partners to develop and deliver greener products and services is not straightforward for companies, and recommendations from academia, as well as industry practices remain scarce. Guidance is needed for designing collaboration practices and their implementation when developing and delivering greener products and services. Pursuing this aim, the present paper reviews environmental management literature fields and extracts indications regarding practices of such collaboration with external business partners. We outline three key dimensions affecting collaboration practices and their implementation and consolidate them in a framework. We suggest that tailored implementation approaches should be based on the clarification of the company's objective for collaboration, the company's organizational profile for collaboration and the company's value network context. As a final point, we derive needs for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
    EditorsAnja Maier , Stanko Skec , Chris McKesson , Mike Van der Loos
    Volume5
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2017
    Pages355-364
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-88-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
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    Conference

    ConferenceICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period21/08/201725/08/2017
    Internet address
    SeriesICED
    ISSN2220-4342

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    Stewart, R., Boks, C., & Bey, N. (2017). A Review of key dimensions for designing environment-driven collaboration practices with external business partners. In A. M., S. S., C. M., & M. V. D. L. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) (Vol. 5, pp. 355-364). Design Society. ICED