Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Interviews with 27 professionals were performed to investigate what designers, engineers, and their managers value in sustainable design practices, and see how sustainable design practices might also provide innovation. Quantitative and qualitative analysis found that only 1/6th of design practices were valued for both sustainability and innovation; two often-mentioned practices were systems thinking and The Natural Step. Providing a new lens, broadening scope, and problem redefinition were some of the reasons these and other design practices were valued for both sustainability and innovation.
Faludi, Jeremy and Agogino, Alice M., "What Design Practices Do Professionals Use for Sustainability and Innovation?" (2018). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 2783.