Note on Life-Cycle Analysis

by: Stuart L. Hart

Publication Date: September 9, 2008
Length: 12 pages
Product ID#: 1-428-675

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Sustainability

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This note gives a general overview of Life-cycle analysis (LCA). As corporations seek to improve their environmental performance, they require new methods and tools. LCA is one such tool that can help companies to understand the environmental impacts associated with their products, processes, and activities. LCA is controversial and still evolving as a methodology. However, the principles behind LCA thinking are being adopted rapidly by manufacturers and service organizations alike as a way of opening new perspectives and expanding the debate over environmentally sound products and processes.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • describe appropriate business terms and principles approriate to this case,
  • apply critical concepts from earlier learning to define a solution to the case,
  • provide an overview of Life-cycle analysis (LCA).