Developing a Tool to Support Decisions in Sustainability-Related Trade-Off Situations: Understanding Needs and Criteria

M. Kravchenko*, D. C. A. Pigosso, T. C. McAloone

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Early integration of sustainability considerations into decision making is seen as a key enabler for companies to understand the potential implications of their decisions on the triple bottom line aspects. Lack of the tools to support decisions when trade-off between sustainability aspects occur, however, may lead to uninformed decision-making and undesired outcomes. By consolidating the learnings from empirical work together with literature recommendations, we propose key criteria to be considered when developing decision support tools to manage sustainability-related trade-off situations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th International Design Conference - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 26 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


Conference16th International Design Conference
SeriesThe DESIGN Conference

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  • Sustainability
  • Decision making
  • Design support system


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