Conference of the International Society for the Circular Economy
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For many durable consumer products major environmental impacts result from the production phase.
Therefore, product lifetime extension, through a combination of product redesign and complementary
service operations, represents an effective approach towards a sustainable circular economy. In this regard,
modular product design (MPD) is an established design principle that regained interest as an enabler for
product lifetime extension in the context of circular product and material flows. However, MPD does not
automatically contribute to sustainability but needs careful consideration of the entire product lifecycle to
impede unintended negative environmental (side) effects. This systematic literature review aims to
synthesize the widely scattered research on MPD from the perspective of sustainability-oriented innovation.
In particular, it explores how MPD can support corporate sustainability and circularity approaches across
the product lifecycle. Following the methodology of Tranfield and colleagues, this review analyses journal
articles from the research database Scopus, complemented by cross-references and expert recommendations.
Overall, this review finds that the technical composition of MPD only supports product lifetime extension
through complementing circular business models.