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LCM development: focusing on the LC promoters and their organizational problem-solving
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1550-5557
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Energy and Circular Economy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3833-4092
2019 (English)In: The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, ISSN 0948-3349, E-ISSN 1614-7502, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 297-309Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Life cycle management (LCM) implies a specific sustainability perspective which extends environmental management along the product life cycle, with the aim of decreasing negative environmental impact throughout the product chain. Research has identified that the adoption of LCM in the industry depends upon its situational adaptation to the organizational context. Even so, little is known about the specifics of this adaptation. With this paper, our aim is to add knowledge on LCM adoption and adaptation. Methods: A systematic analysis of empirical material on life cycle (LC) activity in six multinational corporations (MNCs) is conducted, by applying a secondary analysis of qualitative data (Heaton 2008). In order to study instances of LCM adoption and adaptation, we focus on the acts and situations of LC promoters. The identified instances are analyzed through the lens of situated problem-solving (Kuhn and Jackson 2008). Results and discussion: Sixty-seven instances of LC promotion were identified and analyzed, resulting in the identification of eight categories of problem-situations typically encountered by LC promoters. The identified problem-situations represent different situations when the organizational appropriateness of the LC approach is at stake and to which responses tailored to the organization are put forward by a LC promoter. The results bring to the fore the ubiquity of organizational and creative problem-solving, highlighting the role of LC promoters as change agents for LCM adoption, and depict the development of LCM as an emergent practice, rather than an implementation process. Conclusions: This paper provides a first systematic analysis of LC promoters enacting a variety of responses to organizationally challenging LC situations, thus detailing the adaptation necessary for embedding LCM in the industry. Findings show that the development of LCM to a great extent is about the promotion of a LC approach, and that LC promoters need organizational knowing, in addition to LC knowing, to make the LC approach relevant to management and business.

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2019. Vol. 24, no 2, p. 297-309
Keywords [en]
Life cycle (LC) promoters, Life cycle management (LCM), Life cycle thinking (LCT), Organizational problem-solving, Situational adaptation, Sustainability, adoption, article, embedding, life cycle, problem solving, promoter region, secondary analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-35914DOI: 10.1007/s11367-018-1523-zScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053238346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-35914DiVA, id: diva2:1261095
Available from: 2018-11-06 Created: 2018-11-06 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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