An integrative approach improves sustainability impacts of innovation. An empirical study

Menato, Silvia and Innocenti, Patrick and Fontana, Alessandro and Longhi, Renzo and Canetta, Luca and Sorlini, Marzio (2015) An integrative approach improves sustainability impacts of innovation. An empirical study. In: ICE 2015, June 2015, Belfast.

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A review of recent literature in the field indicates there is an increasing interest in improving sustainability performances of manufacturing. The integrated innovation of product, process and supply chain can be a promising way to improve economic, social and environmental performances of manufacturing enterprises, but there is still a lack of empirical evidence on the topic. This paper compares the sustainability-related performances of three different states, which a unique business context went through. The final state, a small-sized mini-factory for the local transformation of sheep wool, outperforms the other (more traditional) configurations in terms of social end economic impacts, with just partial advantages in terms of environmental performances.

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