The purpose of this paper is to explore the driving forces for taking environmental considerations to a higher level in a project involving radical innovation.
This qualitative case study is based on ten in‐depth interviews with respondents from the development team for the DryQ project at ABB.
In order to achieve substantial environmental benefits, radical product development is essential. Radical product development has attributes that differ from those of incremental product development. It is important that these differences be acknowledged when preparing to manage environmental challenges in development projects. In radical product development, environmental considerations should be taken into account very early on, at the strategic level of the design process. Setting challenging environmental targets and rewarding environmental improvements was crucial to the outcome of the project presented in this paper.
The research presented here describes one case in one manufacturing company. Readers can, however, learn from this case and apply the insights gained to their own research or use the findings to promote new thinking in their own organisation.
Suggestions are made about how to manage environmental considerations in radical product development.
Few studies combine ecodesign and radical innovation theories, as is done here. Yet this is not a theoretical paper but an industry‐based study of eco‐innovation, from which researchers and practitioners can learn.
Ölundh Sandström, G. and Tingström, J. (2008), "Management of radical innovation and environmental challenges: Development of the DryQ capacitor at ABB", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 182-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/14601060810869857
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