Perspectives of Knowledge Translation Within Sustainable Product Development

  • Harald E. OttoEmail author


A closer look at current activities in and methods used for knowledge production, problem-solving, business operating, and policy-making reveals that traditional approaches are increasingly becoming subject to severe modifications and revisions as well to theory as to practice. Knowledge seems to transform into a kind of commodity with knowledge production itself widely viewed as the driving force of both the economy and the sciences in developed nations. However, generation of knowledge seems to have become as complex, uncoordinated, and unsustainable as the current dynamic interactions between society and nature. This state of affairs is reflected, among other things, by the dereliction and shortcomings of policy instruments and programs to produce outcomes as planned and by the prevalence of various hurdles, which still impede the diffusion of newly emerging knowledge and insight aimed at supporting sustainable development. Hence, there appears to be a huge gap between what we know and what is currently done. In this chapter, selected aspects are discussed pertaining to knowledge translation with a focus on balancing learning/unlearning, knowledge organization and representation, and knowledge flows related to reverse innovation.


Knowledge brokering and transfer Knowledge organization Learning/unlearning Reverse innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical SciencesPolytechnic University of MarcheAnconaItaly

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