Barriers and opportunities for integrating sustainable product design into Ankara small and medium-sized furniture enterprises

Okursoy, Mehmet Erçin
Pedgley, Owaın Francıs
Sustainable Product Design (SPD) has become a major field of study indesign since 1990’s. In spite of the fact that literature and terminology ismostly stated on case studies carried out with large-scale enterprises,small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a greater share inemployment and manufacturing which are also crucial for social aspectsof sustainability. Furniture enterprises in Ankara are selected for thisstudy due to the impact of product design in the market as well as thegreater share of employed and consulting designers in the sector. Thestudy aims to identify understanding of furniture SMEs in Ankararegarding sustainability. In the study, attitudes of SMEs and designconsultants are explored and compared. As a result, furniture SMEs areinterested in economic outcomes of the sustainable product designrather than social and environmental aspects and a gap exists incommunication due to the terminology of the field.
Proceedings of the 29th International Conference Research for Furniture Industry, (19-20 September 2019)


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M. E. Okursoy and O. F. Pedgley, “Barriers and opportunities for integrating sustainable product design into Ankara small and medium-sized furniture enterprises,” Ankara, Turkey, 2019, p. 581, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: