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Life Cycle Management

  • Illustrates how Life Cycle Management is or can be integrated into business practice, thereby creating sustainability within organizations

  • Provides thorough insight into Life Cycle Management, its origin, evolution and state of practice, including progress made and current challenges

  • Sketches the operationalization of Life Cycle Management in organizations and its linkage to business value creation

  • Contributors from both research and practice domains offer the reader a qualified and comprehensive understanding of this dynamic and increasingly relevant field of business practice

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Mainstreaming and Capacity Building on Life Cycle Management

    1. Building Organizational Capability for Life Cycle Management

      • Thomas E. Swarr, Anne-Claire Asselin, Llorenç Milà i Canals, Archana Datta, Angela Fisher, William Flanagan et al.
      Pages 239-256Open Access
    2. Promoting Life Cycle Thinking, Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Management Within Business in Brazil

      • Marina Santa Rosa Rocha, Luiz Gustavo Ortega, Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe, Maria da Graça C.B. Popi, Felipe Duarte, Maria Luisa Nerys
      Pages 257-261Open Access
    3. Mainstreaming Life Cycle Sustainability Management in Rapidly Growing and Emerging Economies Through Capacity-Building

      • Sonia Valdivia, Sanjeevan Bajaj, Guido Sonnemann, Ana Quiros, Cassia Maria Lie Ugaya
      Pages 263-277Open Access
    4. Communication and Collaboration as Essential Elements for Mainstreaming Life Cycle Management

      • Philip Strothmann, Jodie Bricout, Guido Sonnemann, Jim Fava
      Pages 279-291Open Access
  2. Implementation and Case Studies of Life Cycle Management in Different Business and Industry Sectors

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 293-293
    2. Exploring Challenges and Opportunities of Life Cycle Management in the Electricity Sector

      • Miguel Fernandez Astudillo, Karin Treyer, Christian Bauer, Mourad Ben Amor
      Pages 295-306Open Access
    3. Life Cycle Management Applied to Urban Fabric Planning

      • Xavier Gabarrell, Joan Rieradevall, Alejandro Josa, Jordi Oliver-Solà, Joan Manuel F. Mendoza, David Sanjuan-Delmás et al.
      Pages 307-317Open Access
    4. Managing Life Cycle Sustainability Aspects in the Automotive Industry

      • Marzia Traverso, Patrick Kim, Stefan Brattig, Volkmar Wagner
      Pages 331-339Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 349-353

About this book

This book provides insight into the Life Cycle Management (LCM) concept and the progress in its implementation. LCM is a management concept applied in industrial and service sectors to improve products and services, while enhancing the overall sustainability performance of business and its value chains. In this regard, LCM is an opportunity to differentiate through sustainability performance on the market place, working with all departments of a company such as research and development, procurement and marketing, and to enhance the collaboration with stakeholders along a company’s value chain. LCM is used beyond short-term business success and aims at long-term achievements by minimizing environmental and socio-economic burden, while maximizing economic and social value.


  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle management
  • Resource productivity
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable value creation


“The book succeeds in achieving all the stated goals, and I recommend it to a vast audience of scientists and professionals. Indeed, it is very valuable for the scientific community. It provides the state-of-the-art reference supported by a comprehensive bibliography and adopts a rigorous scientific approach. Moreover, it is also of strong interest for practitioners and professionals, in both private and public organizations, with many examples of practical applications.” (Paolo Masoni, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol. 21, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Bordeaux, ISM, UMR 5255, Talence Cedex, France

    Guido Sonnemann

  • CIRAIG, Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Canada

    Manuele Margni

About the editors

Manuele Margni is associate professor at the Mathematical and Industrial Engineering department at Polytechnique Montréal. He is co-chair holder of the International Life Cycle Chair, a research unit of CIRAIG. His research activities aim to develop life cycle based tools to support sustainable production and consumption with a focus on the assessment of life cycle impacts, risks and benefits related to existing and new product systems. He co-developed USETox (, a model based on scientific consensus for characterizing human and ecotoxicological impacts of chemical emissions, the life cycle impact assessment methodology IMPACT 2002+ and its update IMPACT World+. He’s teaching environmental modeling of toxic emissions, life cycle assessment and sustainable manufacturing classes. Parallel to his research activities Manuele gained a considerable experience working together with industry co-founding two companies: Ecointesys and Quanis, this latter being a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Inst

itute of Technology, where he still retain a key advisory role.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)