Assessing and Improving the Feasibility of LCM

Inés Garcia-Sanchez, Henrik Wenzel, Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

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    A theoretical approach to Life Cycle Management (LCM) is used to develop an operational model helping companies to understand their present level of LCM and implement LCM as management strategy. As part of the development, the model has been tested and evaluated by a number of Danish companies within different branches. A self-assessment tool for companies to assess their present level of LCM is developed. The assessment is based on a qualitative assessment of the frequency of the integration of life cycle considerations within the decision-making processes of the company. Moreover, a tool for assessing the conditions shaping a company’s ability to do LCM is developed. The ability is understood as the combination of two aspects: the company’s own capability and the feasibility within the context where the company operates. Four categories of conditions are identified as the most influential for a company’s ability to do LCM. The four categories are: 1) the company’s own capabilities and resources, 2) the type of product(s) in question, 3) the influence of the product chain, and finally 4) the framework conditions given by the market and the society. The most relevant conditions within each of these categories are described, and a methodology is developed allowing a company to identify and assess the conditions acting as drivers or barriers for the company’s ability to do LCM. This assessment enables the company to identify the critical conditions and to focus on these in the design of a suitable strategy for improving the ability to do LCM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCIRP Life Cycle Engineering Seminar Proceedings
    EditorsHauschild, M.; Alting, L.; Poll, C.; Molin, C.
    Place of PublicationParis
    Publication date2003
    ISBN (Print)87-91035-01-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event10th CIRP Seminar on Life Cycle Engineering - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 22 May 200323 May 2003
    Conference number: 10


    Conference10th CIRP Seminar on Life Cycle Engineering


    • conditions for implementation
    • LCM
    • Life Cycle Management
    • self assessment tool


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