Title: Product Lifecycle Management in support of green manufacturing: addressing the challenges of global climate change

Authors: L. Varinia Barreto, Hannah C. Anderson, Alyssa Anglin, Cynthia L. Tomovic

Addresses: Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. ' Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. ' Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. ' Department of Occupational Studies, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Abstract: Companies are pursuing green manufacturing work to efficiently reduce or eliminate pollutants and hazardous substances as a result of their operations. Green manufacturing is an economically viable alternative that provides a competitive advantage as well as creates sustainable development, allows opportunity for re-investment, supports cost-saving strategies, and has a positive impact on the bottom line. To implement green processes and products, companies exploit Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) practices to achieve their strategic initiatives. This paper investigates why companies practice green manufacturing, what practices are engaged, and how PLM supports environmental-friendly initiatives.

Keywords: PLM; product lifecycle management; green manufacturing; climate change; environmental manufacturing; sustainable development; sustainability; sustainable manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2010.031374

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2010 Vol.19 No.3/4, pp.294 - 305

Published online: 02 Feb 2010 *

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