Economics at your fingertips  

Sustainable product development processes in fashion: Supply chains structures and classifications

Yi-Ning Fung, Hau-Ling Chan, Tsan-Ming Choi and Rong Liu

International Journal of Production Economics, 2021, vol. 231, issue C

Abstract: Product development is a critical part of all business operations. In fashion apparel, product development is a complicated process. In recent years, with the advance of technologies and the growing public awareness of environmental protection, product development processes (PDPs) in supply chains, including fashion supply chains, need to be environmentally sustainable. In this paper, we first identify the commonly seen supply chain structures in the fashion industry. Then, by examining the product development process in practice and in the literature, we identify the essential steps in fashion PDPs, which include planning, product design, manufacturing, and product launching. We further classify the product development process into three types, namely the traditional product development process (TPDP), new product development process (NPDP), and sustainable product development process (SPDP). Furthermore, we analyze the key factors of achieving sustainable fashion based on the triple bottom line (TBL) framework regarding the PDP. We establish a sustainable product development process (SPDP) matrix, which can guide the fashion supply chain members to operate in a sustainable manner during the SPDP. Finally, we reveal open research issues and propose a future research agenda.

Keywords: Sustainable product development; Supply chain structuresl classifications; Product development processes; Sustainable production (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2020.107911

Access Statistics for this article

International Journal of Production Economics is currently edited by R. W. Grubbström

More articles in International Journal of Production Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Nithya Sathishkumar ().

Page updated 2021-04-29
Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:231:y:2021:i:c:s0925527320302711