Interface, Inc. is a classic example of an organization working on sustainability. In this case study the role of The Natural Step framework is explored.
MSPI Graduation Presentations
The results of unsustainable product design are evident worldwide. Products contribute to global sustainability problems such as climate change, landfill waste and inhumane work environments during manufacturing. There is a need for system innovators who can create leap frog solutions, manage a whole innovation process for sustainability and who have a strategic approach. These are some of the challenges that the students of the master's program in Sustainable Product-Service Systems Innovation (MSPI) at the Blekinge Institute of Technology have been focusing on during their studies. For their graduation the students developed interesting thesis projects related to the development of sustainable products and services.
You can watch the thesis presentations of the projects online by clicking here.
The programme is focused around BTH’s profile areas: sustainability, innovation, and systems engineering. Supporting areas such as strategic leadership, management and economics are also included.
The programme provides academic training as well as professional skills and career enhancing credentials, drawing on Swedish and international experience. Graduates will be prepared to:
- Analyze sustainability challenges of an organization in a scientific way
- Incorporate a strategic sustainability perspective into a company’s innovation process
- Advance the global shift to a more service-based economy
- Utilize new methods and tools for working with companies on sustainable product-service system innovation
For more information about the MSPI program, please click here.
Blekinge Institute of Technology
Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is a Swedish university with a strong emphasis on applied information technology, IT and sustainable development in industry and society. At BTH, the humanities, social sciences, management and health sciences are all integrated into an applied IT profile that enables technology and the humanities to develop in exciting new directions. The institute was established in 1989 and is located in the county of Blekinge in south-east Sweden. BTH is one of three independent institutes of technology in Sweden and in 1999 it was granted university status in technology. Among a large number of programmes and courses taught in Swedish, BTH offers two undergraduate programmes and about 18 Master's programmes in English.
“Transformation of society towards sustainability both demands, and brings great opportunity for, innovation. Since there is no attractive alternative to sustainable development, people who learn to innovate for sustainability will have great career opportunities while serving a higher purpose.”
- Dr. Göran Broman, Professor