Sustainable Product Innovation

Sustainable Product Innovation:
Entrepreneurship for Human Well-being

by Dariush Rafinejad, Ph. D.

This important book details sustainability challenges facing our global society in the 21st century, and makes a well-supported business case for sustainable product development. Its holistic approach to product innovation and commercialization represents a radical departure from the norm. It delineates why human well-being must become the overarching goal of new technology and product development. Sustainable Product Innovation presents a systems approach for achieving multi-stakeholder optimization in product life-cycle design in order to meet a firm’s objectives, investors’ return-on-investment expectations, and regulatory requirements, while protecting the environment and rapidly depleting natural resources needed to enhance and sustain human well-being. This unique text is designed to be used in business, engineering and management science degree and certificate programs, professional training, and by entrepreneurs and executives who are responsible for the creation, development, and commercialization of product and services.

Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization: Case Studies and Key Practices for Market Leadership

Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization:
Case Studies and Key Practices for Market Leadership

by Dariush Rafinejad, Ph. D.

This book explores innovation, new product development and commercialization decisions within an integrated framework of business, market, technology, and resource strategy. It also includes guidance on matching technology innovation to market opportunities, and details commercialization of innovation and new products and continuous improvement of existing products. Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization probes not only into the critical issues of innovation and product development, but also organizational leadership and management, and the impact of organizational structures and business processes in product leadership.  

This comprehensive book presents the details and nuances of a flexible product development process including best practices in R&D, product and process engineering, marketing, and commercialization. It also covers the topic of technology and product portfolio planning, which is critical to proper prioritization of opportunities and investment strategies.   

Case Studies

  • Reverse Logistics as a Profit Center at Cisco Systems, Inc.- Cases A & B, 2009
  • Sustainable Production in the Chemical Industry - WACKER Sets a Good Example at its Burghausen Site in Germany, 2008
  • WACKER Invests in Production of Solar Silicon, 2008
  • Development of Prius Hybrid Vehicle at Toyota Motor Corporation -Cases A & B, 2007

Papers & Book Chapters

  • Economic Models of Sustainable Products & Manufacturing, 2011
  • Transition to Sustainable Product Development & Manufacturing, 2011: Chapter 4, “Planning Production and Inventories in the Extended Enterprise: A State-of-the-Art Handbook”, Volume 1, Edited by: Karl G Kempf, Pnar Keskinocak, Reha Uzsoy, Springer; April 6, 2011
  • Local vs. Global: The Impact of Global Sourcing on Environment, 2009
  • Modeling Sustainability in Product Development & Commercialization, 2008