Sustainability of Cascading Product Lifecycles

The Need for Adaptive Management to End-of-Life Supply Chains
  • Matthias KalverkampEmail author
  • Alexandra Pehlken
  • Thorsten Wuest
  • Steven B. Young
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 540)


Product lifecycles can contain several waste management steps after the production of a product. At each step, ‘end-of-life’ supply chains can separate, each emerging supply chain representing an intended lifecycle or an unintended, though not necessarily inferior lifecycle in terms of sustainability. This variety demonstrates the complexity arising at the end-of-life and indicates that not necessarily a single actor coordinates these supply chains. The cascade use methodology targets this complexity by identifying sustainable supply chains, possibly managed by alternative actors. This study applies the methodology to a novel case of vehicle reuse and conversion discussing its sustainability and implications for decision makers. The authors argue for more adaptive management approaches to address sustainability in product lifecycles more holistically.


Cascade use Recycling Reuse Remanufacturing Product lifecycle management Closed-loop supply chains Open-loop supply chains 



MK and AP were financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Grant No: 01LN1310A).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cascade Use Research GroupCarl von Ossietzky University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Industrial and Management Systems EngineeringWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  3. 3.School of Environment, Enterprise and DevelopmentUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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