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The future of sustainable healthcare : extending product lifecycles

Ertz Myriam et Kubiat Patrick. (2020). The future of sustainable healthcare : extending product lifecycles. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 153,

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The business model theory has been applied across a variety of contexts and especially in order to develop more sustainable organizations. Given the rise in municipal solid waste emanating from healthcare institutions’ disposition of durable or semidurable products, and the ensuing challenges arising both in the environmental and in the social realms, product lifetime extension constitutes a valuable approach to curb product disposition and contribute to sustainability. This paper explores product lifetime extension opportunities among healthcare institutions’ third-party contractors who are in charge of supplying and maintaining products in the medical sector. Product lifetime extension business models involve either nature strategies that improve product durability through improved design or nurture strategies that prolong product lifetime while in use and as long as the product remains functional. The paper uses a case study approach to investigate organizations articulating product lifetimes extension in their business model blueprint. The business models are analyzed and compared to gain useful insights that will contribute to develop professional practice, future research as well as policy making and decision making that is focused on achieving through product lifetime extension.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:Février 2020
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences de la gestion > Administration des affaires
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences appliquées > Eau et environnement
Sciences de la santé > Sciences médicales > Administration de la santé
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences économiques et administratives
Mots-clés:Sustainable healthcare, Product lifetime, Product lifetime extension, Business model, Third-Party contractors, Medical waste
Déposé le:14 sept. 2021 15:48
Dernière modification:14 sept. 2021 15:48
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