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The interaction of product-service systems (PSS) and corporate environment management (CEM): can PSS drive today's fashion industry toward more environmental sustainability?

  • The fashion industry is well documented for causing significant environmental impact. Product-service systems (PSS) present a promising way to solve this challenge. PSS shift the focus toward complementary service offers, which decouples customer satisfaction from material consumption and entails dematerialization. However, PSS are not ecoefficient by nature but need to be accompanied by corporate environmental management (CEM) practices. The objective of this article is to examine the potential of PSS to contribute to the environmental sustainability of today's fashion industry by investigating if fashion firms with a positive attitude toward PSS implementation also pursue goals related to the ecological environment. For this purpose, analysis of variance (ANOVA) is conducted to analyze data of 102 fashion firms. Results reveal that the diffusion of PSS in today's fashion industry is low and few firms consider implementing PSS. Results, furthermore, demonstrate that PSS implementation is positively related to CEM. This indicates that existing structures of CEM favor PSS implementation and unlock the eco-efficient potential of implemented PSS in the fashion industry.

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Author of HS ReutlingenAdam, Marcus; Strähle, Jochen; Freise, Matthias
Erschienen in:Service science
Place of publication:Hanover, Md.
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2017
Tag:corporate environmental management (CEM); environmental sustainability; fashion industry; product-service systems (PSS)
Page Number:15
First Page:235
Last Page:249
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Nein