Technology valuation method for supporting knowledge management in technology decisions to gain sustainability

Janne Mämmelä, Tero Juuti, Pasi Julkunen

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New technologies have major effects on the profitability of companies and the economic growth of society. If appropriate technologies can be routinely selected, then it is possible to achieve sustainability at a company level. Knowledge management (KM) can be used to support technology decision making and give an understanding of the potential of particular technologies in a specific business environment. In this study, the design research methodology (DRM) is used with three case studies in an industry environment to develop and evaluate a novel technology valuation method (TVM). The proposed six-step TVM focuses on the acquisition, modeling, and validation of product-related knowledge to support KM related to technology decisions. The contribution of this research is to use distinctions between product properties and behaviors with a disposition toward understanding the potential of technology. During the process, tacit knowledge is made visible and documented, which supports the reliability of technology decisions and enables companies to gain sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3410
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Knowledge management
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Technology decision
  • Technology valuation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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