Coordination of Design-for-Recycling Activities in Decentralized Product Design Processes in the Automotive Industry

  • Kerstin Schmidt
  • Thomas Volling
  • Thomas S. Spengler
Conference paper


Design processes in the automotive industry are distributed over various companies. If inappropriate contract structures are used within such collaborations, inefficiencies in the design process occur due to existing uncertainties and differing objectives of the partners. To coordinate design-for-recycling activities in collaborative design processes a mathematical model for the analysis of those processes is developed. We apply the model to a fixed-price and an incentive contract. The analysis shows that fixed-price contracts lead to inefficiencies, while incentive contracts can reduce inefficiencies. We demonstrate the use of this model based upon an illustrative example to show its applicability.


New Product Development Design-for-Recycling Automotive Industry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerstin Schmidt
    • 1
  • Thomas Volling
    • 1
  • Thomas S. Spengler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial ProductionTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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