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A Framework for Research Inventory of Manufacturing Sustainability Assessment



Juyeon Lee, Yung-Tsun T. Lee


There have been many research papers focused on development of guidelines, indicators, metrics, methods, tools, and systems – all related to sustainability performance assessment. However, manufacturing companies have difficulty in finding papers that are relevant to their sustainability goals and conditions. A research inventory is a data repository for storing research papers in a manner that makes them easy to retrieve. To be successful, therefore, the inventory must have a system for managing, in a systematic manner, the results generated by a large number of researchers around the world. In this paper, we propose a framework for a research inventory that focuses on papers that report on research related to manufacturing sustainability assessment. This proposed framework consists of two parts: an operational definition and a classification scheme. The definition distinguishes between those papers that belong in the inventory and those that do not. The classification scheme is used to tag/code papers for retrieval. We demonstrate the use of this proposed framework using the Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7959
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research inventory, manufacturing sustainability, manufacturing sustainability assessment, classification scheme


Lee, J. and Lee, Y. (2014), A Framework for Research Inventory of Manufacturing Sustainability Assessment, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created May 19, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018