Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)
Petersen, Moritz and Sebastian Brockhaus (2017): Dancing in the dark: Challenges for product developers to improve and communicate product sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, 161: 345-354.
Abstract: Developing more sustainable products provides an opportunity to address wasteful consumption practices. Yet, despite their best efforts to improve product sustainability, many companies admit to lacking a comprehensive sustainability strategy. Further, they have only limited insights into their consumers' expectations towards product sustainability. This manuscript presents the findings of a behavioral experiment on consumers' reactions towards companies' development efforts. We investigate how the development efforts “more sustainable materials” and “green exterior design” influence consumers' perceptions of product quality, sustainability, and aesthetics for two exemplary products. In summary, both efforts signal higher product sustainability to consumers. Yet, this may come at a cost as these changes may also signal impediments with respect to quality and aesthetics. We juxtapose our findings with signaling theory to derive implications for research and practice.
Brockhaus, Sebastian, Moritz Petersen and Wolfgang Kersten (2016): A Crossroads for Bioplastics: Exploring Product Developers’ Challenges to Move Beyond Petroleum-Based Plastics, Journal of Cleaner Production, 127: 84-95.
Abstract: Bioplastics play an increasingly important role for consumer products. These new materials might increase product sustainability but they are currently confined to niche markets. While research has gained important insight into the technical challenges, few studies to date explore the behavioral aspects for product developers as they move to employ bioplastics in their development efforts. This manuscript reports the findings of a grounded inductive study based on interview data with 32 product developers in the consumer goods industry. The Theory of Planned Behavior is employed to guide the research and provide a theoretical background to derive implications. The study finds that behavioral challenges impede the increased use of bioplastics. Product developers experience a lack of perceived behavioral control and struggle with doubts about the environmental benefits and incurring trade-offs of bioplastics with respect to the Triple Bottom Line. While product developers are intrinsically motivated to make more use of bioplastics, they often refrain from bringing products to the mass market due to uncertainties of customer receptiveness and fears of greenwashing allegations. Implications for industry and research are detailed.
Journal Articles (Professional)
Petersen, Moritz, Sebastian Brockhaus, Stanley E. Fawcett and A. Michael Knemeyer (2017): The Ties That Bind: How a Collaboration Deficit Impedes the Development of Sustainable Products, Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 18 (3): 166-176.
Abstract: Consistently bringing sustainable products to market is a preeminent challenge to effectively pursuing the triple bottom line. As most companies lack the know-how and resources to develop and launch sustainable products, they are dependent on trading partners. Resource Integration and Resource Dependence Theory posit that reliance on external trading partners dictates careful governance. Effective collaboration with supply chain partners can theoretically mitigate the threat of resource dependence. The current manuscript, grounded in interview data from the consumer goods industry, however, identifies a persistent collaboration deficit. Rather than working together, many firms try to coerce suppliers into improving sustainability. Coercion sours relationships, impeding joint sustainability efforts and harming progress towards product sustainability. The good news: a few companies are beginning to invest in trust as a collaborative governance mechanism to broaden collaboration and reduce the costs of sustainable product development.
Petersen, Moritz, Sebastian Brockhaus and Wolfgang Kersten (2016): Wege aus der Nachhaltigkeits-Sackgasse - Die Entwicklung nachhaltigerer Produkte zwischen strategischem Anspruch und operativer Wirklichkeit, Industrie 4.0 Management, 32 (1): 7-10.
Petersen, Moritz, Niels Hackius and Wolfgang Kersten (2016): Blockchains für Produktion und Logistik: Grundlagen, Potenziale und Anwendungsfälle, Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, 111 (10): 626-629.
Abstract: Blockchain ist eine neue Technologie, mit deren Hilfe Transaktionen dezentral, manipulationssicher und transparent für alle Mitglieder eines Netzwerks abgewickelt werden können. Besonders im Finanzsektor wird Blockchain derzeit als disruptive Schlüsseltechnologie gehandelt, deren Anwendungsmöglichkeiten jedoch weit über die Branche hinausgehen. Um das Potenzial von Blockchain für Produktion und Logistik zu verdeutlichen, werden in diesem Beitrag exemplarische Anwendungsfälle vorgestellt.
Petersen, Moritz, Sebastian Brockhaus and Wolfgang Kersten (2015): Biokunststoffe für nachhaltigere Produkte - Ergebnisse einer qualitativen Studie in der Produktentwicklung von Konsumgüterunternehmen, Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, 110 (11): 686-689.
Kersten, Wolfgang, Markus Klotzbach and Moritz Petersen (2014): Management technischer Capability - Ein mehrstufiges Planungsverfahren für Instandhaltungsdienstleister, Industrie Management, 30 (3): 11-14.
Petersen, MoritzAlbach, Horst: Considering Sustainability in the Development of Consumer Goods.
McKinnon, Alan C., Kai Hoberg, Moritz Petersen and Christina Busch (2017): Assessing and Improving Countries’ Logistics Skills and Training, in: Jahn, Carlos, Wolfgang Kersten and Christian M. Ringle (ed.): Digitalization in Maritime and Sustainable Logistics - Proceedings of Hamburg International Conference of Logistics, epubli: Hamburg, 97-117.
Hackius, Niels and Moritz Petersen (2017): Blockchain in Logistics and Supply Chain: Trick or Treat?, in: Kersten, Wolfgang, Thorsten Blecker and Christian M. Ringle (ed.): Digitalization in Supply Chain Management and Logistics: Proceedings of Hamburg International Conference of Logistics, epubli: Hamburg, 3-18.
Abstract: Blockchain is an emergent technology concept that enables the decentralized and im-mutable storage of verified data. Over the last few years, it has increasingly attracted the attention of different industries. Especially in Fintech, Blockchain is hyped as the silver bullet that might overthrow today’s payment handling. Slowly, the logistics and supply chain man-agement community realizes how profoundly Blockchain could affect their industry. To shed light on this emerging field, we conducted an online survey and asked logistics professionals for their opinion on use case exemplars, barriers, facilitators, and the general prospects of Blockchain in logistics and supply chain management. We found most of our participants are fairly positive about this new technology and the benefits it offers. However, factors like the hierarchical level, Blockchain experiences, and the industry sector have a significant impact on the participants’ evaluation. We reason that the benefits over existing IT solutions must be carved out more carefully and use cases must be further explored to get a rather conservative industry, like logistics, more excited about Blockchain.
Petersen, Moritz, Sebastian Brockhaus and Wolfgang Kersten (2015): Nachhaltigkeit als Zieldimension in der Entwicklung von Konsumgütern, in: Binz, Hansgeorg,, Bernd Bertsche, Wilhelm Bauer and Daniel Roth (ed.): Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung 2015, Fraunhofer Verlag: Stuttgart.
Petersen, Moritz, Sebastian Brockhaus and Wolfgang Kersten (2016): Berücksichtigung der Nachhaltigkeit in der Entwicklung und Vermarktung von Konsumgütern, in: and Walter Leal Filho (ed.): Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit an deutschen Hochschulen, Springer Fachmedien: Wiesbaden, 331-347.
Kersten, Wolfgang, Markus Klotzbach and Moritz Petersen (2014): Kennzahlen-basierte Entwicklung exzellenter Prozessstrukturen für technische Instandhaltungsbetriebe, in: Gössinger, Ralf and Günther Zäpfel (ed.): Management integrativer Leistungserstellung, Duncker & Humblot: Berlin, 619-644.
Kersten, Wolfgang, Moritz Petersen and Sebastian Brockhaus (2013): Sustainability-Related Considerations in Joint Product Development Projects: An Experimental Approach, in: Kersten, Wolfgang, Thorsten Blecker and Christian M. Ringle (ed.): Sustainability and Collaboration in Supply Chain Management - A Comprehensive Insight into Current Management Approaches, Eul Verlag: Lohmar, 101-113.
Abstract: Sustainability becomes increasingly important for all business areas. When it comes to the development of sustainable products it is necessary to have a clear under- standing of what makes a product sustainable. Such a definition has not emerged yet; this calls for taking a different angle when approaching the problem. This paper presents the results of an experimental study within the field of sustainable product development to investigate the influence of different stakeholders on development decisions.