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A Novel Approach for Teaching Sustainable Product Development in Technology ProgramsThe classical principles of product development have been formulated through aframework that relies heavily upon assumptions of continuously declining validityin the modern marketplace. Such principles have traditionally led to a narrowlyfocused development approach, where systems and processes are optimized solelyin terms of maximizing corporate profit. Historically, this approach has beenreinforced through positive feedback provided by a consumer that has solelydemanded minimal acquisition cost. In light of numerous motivating factors in themodern marketplace, including an exponential increase in commodity demandand price, as well as an increase in consumer affluence as it relates to demandsregarding the culture of the product or service provider, such an approach is nolonger sufficient.In light of these aforementioned realities, industry has quickly adapted to producenew product development processes which better reflect current marketconstraints and demands. Such approaches, typically classified as sustainableproduct development processes, typically leverage the well-known principles ofLife Cycle Analysis (LCA), while maintaining a broad focus on optimizing valuewhich is quantified in terms of economic, social, as well as environmental impact.It is the objective of this research to propose a novel framework for a sustainableproduct development process based upon seven core principles, which have beendeveloped through a holistic review of the literature on both classical and moderndesign processes. The seven principles for the aforementioned process are – 1)Policy, 2) Purpose, 3) Process, 4) People, 5) Planet, 6) Product, and 7) Profit. Inaddition to proposing this aforementioned framework, the paper will also proposebest practices for integrating the core learning outcomes of the process intoexisting engineering technology academic programs. The proposed integrationwill rely heavily upon an integrated learning pedagogy, in which the principlesare continuously introduced and reinforced throughout the entire curriculum.
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