Sustainability Evaluation of Mass Customization

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This paper addresses the issue whether the concepts mass customization
and sustainability are fundamentally compatible by asking the question:
can a mass customized product be sustainable? Some factors indicate that mass
customized products are less sustainable than standardized products; however
other factors suggest the opposite. This paper explores these factors during
three life cycle phases for a product: Production, Use and End of Life. It is concluded
that there is not an unambiguous causal relationship between mass
customization and sustainability; however several factors unique to mass
customized products are essential to consider during product development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems : Sustainable Production and Service Supply Chains
EditorsVittal Prabhu, Marco Taisch, Dimitris Kiritsis
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-41265-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-41266-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2013 - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, United States
Duration: 9 Sep 201312 Sep 2013


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2013
Location The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
SeriesIFIP AICT - Advances in Information and Communication technology

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