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Alexis Fahrenholz

Professor Debra Jizi

UWRT 1104

31 October 2017

Double Entry Journal

Citation: Dangelico, Rosa M, Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo, and Devashish Pujari. "Developing

Sustainable New Products in the Textile and Upholstered Furniture Industries: Role of External

Integrative Capabilities." Journal of Product Innovation Management. 30.4 (2013): 642-658.


only a few empirical studies have addressed One reason why I chose this because so few
the challenge of integrating environmental have ventured into this area of creating and
issues into new product development (NPD) designing.
(Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari Abstract).

a survey was conducted in two Italian Textiles and upholstered furniture are what
manufacturing industries in which my topic is about.
environmental issues are becoming
increasingly important, namely textiles and
upholstered furniture (Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari Abstract).

It is widely reported that integrating the It brings the best of both worlds. Helping the
environmental dimension into product or environment and helping the company
business strategy can bring several benefits: involved.
increased efficiency in the use of resources,
return on investment, increased sales,
development of new markets, improved
corporate image, product differentiation, and
enhanced competitive advantage (Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari 1).

Investigating sustainability innovation in the Seems important.

textile and upholstered furniture industries is
crucial because of the scale and scope of these
industries (particularly textiles) in terms of
economic, environmental, and social impact.
(Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari 2).
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The textile and upholstered industries seem All the things that I would want the things I
to have recognized that sustainability-based would design and make to be.
product innovation should be material and
design specific (e.g., alternative material),
energy efficient, nontoxic, and
recycled/recyclable. (Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari 3).

examples of sustainable green upholstered *Check out these companies products and
furniture products include Cisco Home, Ekla how they are made.
Home, and Lee Industries' products
(Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari 3).

Ford's soy-based seat cushion foam Important

(Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari 3).

new product is not just about product itself Before, during, and after is the concern of the
but about the whole physical life cycle of the products life cycle I would be dealing with.
product (Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari 4).

development of green products as an The goal.

essential element in helping companies and
economies move toward environmental
sustainability (Dangelico, Pontrandolfo,
Pujari 6).

Although there may be additional burden of

costs in developing green new products, it is
argued that through the efficient use of
resources, low carbon impacts and risks to the
environment, and waste minimization, green
products may eventually offer high quality
and low overall environmental costs.
(Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari 6).

since environmental issues are not the core Why i chose to do recycled furniture and it
activities for most firms, firms generally do will also educate me more about
not have the environmental knowledge and environmental knowledge throughout this
competencies needed to develop green process.
products (Dangelico, Pontrandolfo, Pujari

Several companies have started to leverage *Check out for further research and ideas.
external knowledge sources to develop
sustainable solutions. For example, Nike and
Creative Commons created a platform called
GreenXchange, where companies and
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stakeholders can bring the network

efficiencies of open innovation to solve the
problems of sustainability, by means of
networked and community-based knowledge
transfer and sharing. (Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari 14).

the use of clean technologies adds The paragraph mentioned reducing the
complexity to production requiring increased environmental footprint of a company and this
skills from workers at all levels of the firm quote speaks the truth in ways to make things
(Groenewegen and Vergragt, 1991). Hence, more green not just by the materials but
training of employees and acquisition of new how you make the materials in the process.
competent staff may play an important role in
green product development. Similarly, when a
firm decides to develop green products, it may
need to redesign its production processes,
requiring acquisition and installation of new
technologies (Dangelico, Pontrandolfo,
Pujari 18).

textile and upholstered furniture industries They are becoming increasingly important
were selected because in these industries and there need to be a change.
environmental sustainability issues are
becoming increasingly important (Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari 25).

Green products are defined and assessed on a

much larger set of environmental impacts
(e.g., material use, energy impacts, carbon
footprints, etc.) that occur during the design,
development, and distribution phaseswell
before the products reached a retail store
shelf. On top of integrating environmental
sustainability issues into NPD, it is expected
that product quality is not compromised.
Companies find it a challenging task to
address sustainability imperatives on their
ownreducing the potential environmental
impacts at each lifecycle phase of the product,
which creates a differentiating customer
value, while making sure that product quality
is maintained or enhanced(Dangelico,
Pontrandolfo, Pujari 49).

customers would likely buy green products if

they believe that green products have
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eliminated or reduced unwanted, unnatural, or

toxic materials and have used recycled or
renewable materials as well as renewable
energy sources (Dangelico, Pontrandolfo,
Pujari 50).


My first source is an article called Developing Sustainable New Products in the Textile and

Upholstered Furniture Industries: Role of External Integrative Capabilities . Three people wrote

this article, and their names are Rosa Maria Dangelico,Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo,and Devashish

Pujari. This article has many different sections and is pretty lengthy. Its main focus is on

companies trying to go green and the struggles and transformations needed for this to happen.

Going through the processes it takes and all the challenges faced to make more earth friendly

products. Development, capabilities, know-hows, benefits, methods, data, research, and even

visuals are provided and gone over throughout this article.