The Human Side of Ecodesign from the Perspective of Change Management

  • Elli Verhulst
  • Casper Boks
  • Marianne Stranger
  • Henri Masson


The necessity for new insights regarding industrial ecodesign implementation is leading to an increase of interest for scientific knowledge from other disciplines which may provide such new insights. Research on success factors and obstacles for these introduction processes show the significance of the internal value chain of companies, in which human factors seem to play a significant role. A potentially contributing discipline in this field of the ‘human side’ of ecodesign is change management. This paper describes several aspects of change management; a cross-linking between the two latter disciplines is made. This leads to the formulation of several propositions, which might serve as a starting point for further research on this topic.


Ecodesign Human factors Change management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elli Verhulst
    • 1
  • Casper Boks
    • 2
  • Marianne Stranger
    • 1
  • Henri Masson
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Integral Product DevelopmentUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Product Design, Faculty of Engineering Science and TechnologyNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Dept. of Environment & Technology Management, Faculty of Applied Economic SciencesUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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