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Sustainable Product-Service Systems

Between Strategic Design and Transition Studies

  • Combines and integrates two different research streams: the product-service system innovation and the transition studies

  • Helps to clarify how socio-technical experiments should be designed in order to trigger the societal embedding of sustainable product-service systems

  • Uses several cases from industry to exemplify and enrich the text


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

About this book


This book investigates the potential contribution that a strategic design approach can make to stimulating and supporting the societal embedding of sustainable PSSs (product-service systems). A new strategic design role thus emerges; a role in which the ideation and development of sustainable PSS concepts is coupled with the designing of appropriate transition paths (sequence of socio-technical experiments) to gradually incubate, introduce and diffuse these concepts. The book also outlines the new design approach and capabilities needed by strategic designers, project managers and consultants to operate at such a strategic level. On a more operational point of view, the work presents a practical “how to do” design process and associated guidelines to support practitioners in designing and managing the societal embedding process of sustainable PSS innovations.  


Product-Service System Socio-technical experiments Strategic Niche Management Strategic design Transition Management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering & DesignBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUnited Kingdom

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Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking