ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

Product-Service System Innovation: A Promising Approach To Sustainability

by Fabrizio Ceschin

Dec 6, 2013

This chapter provides an overview of the Product-Service Systems (PSS) field. It introduces the PSS concept, describes its potential benefits (in terms of economic, environmental and socio-ethical sustainability), and its main drivers and barriers. The PSS concept represents a promising economic model to decouple economic value from material and energy consumption. However, the adoption of sustainable PSSs by industry is still very limited. The reason is that this kind of innovations can be considered, in most of the cases, radical ones, because they challenge existing customer habits, organisational structures and regulative frameworks. Therefore, the challenge is not only to conceive sustainable PSS concepts (several methods and tools can in fact be used to support this task), but also to understand which strategies and development pathways are the most appropriate to favour their introduction and scaling up.

Product-Service System Innovation: A Promising Approach To Sustainability