A variety of concepts and terms have been proposed referring to this type of offering or business in a broad sense such as total care product, functional sales, hybrid offering, integrated solution and service/product engineering, in addition to the product service system. The Products Services Innovation (PSI) team prefer to use the term Integrated Product Service Offering (IPSO) in order to emphasise the integration aspect.
The PSI team develops world-leading scientific knowledge regarding life-cycle based offerings and business models as target objects, as well as design and innovation as target activities. The offerings include physical products and services, and the design is based on a holistic perspective including environmental and economic consideration. We tackle problems with a multidisciplinary approach using our expertise in engineering design and environmental issues.
Environmental and economic benefits of integrated product service offerings
We have studied the environmental and economic benefits of the IPSO from a life-cycle perspective in for example physical product such as core plugs for paper mills and services - cleaning of building exteriors or compacting soil. In all three cases it was found that the IPSO improves both the environmental and economic aspects compared with the traditional offering. The results from these cases showed that the IPSO is preferable in comparison with traditional product sales approaches.
There is a need for publishing more research quantifying the environmental as well as economic benefits of various IPSO cases in order to advance the scientific knowledge in this area.
Collaboration with industry and academia
Our ambition is to be the first-choice partner by industry and academia and a leading diffuser of knowledge to the industry as well as a generator of top-of-the-line graduated students. We retain strong collaborative relationships with the surrounding society, especially with industry partners.
Our strategic partners in academia are:
- Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany
- TU Berlin / Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
- Cranfield University, United Kingdom
- SIMTech, Singapore
- Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
- Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France
- University of Zagreb, Croatia
- The University of Tokyo, Japan
- Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
- Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Heavy industrial enterprises in quest for sustainable solutions
Together with the industry, we develop new knowledge that is tested and evaluated and later diffused back to our partners. A good example of our collaborative work is Memorandum of Understanding “Toward a More Competitive, Sustainable and Attractive Sweden” signed by five representatives of heavy industrial enterprises. “With this we want to show that problems can be turned into opportunities. Companies have realised that they can develop better products with less resources and that it is also profitable to recycle and re- manufacture” - says Mattias Lindahl, who was behind the initiativ.