Hundreds of millions of electrical and electronic appliances are manufactured every year. Furthermore, it is expected that this number will not substantially decrease in the near future. These equipments have a significant impact on the environment, and ceteris paribus, such environmental impact increases with the number of appliances manufactured. Consumers, NGOs and Governments have acknowledged the potential threat posed by these electrical and electronic products. They have systematically demanded companies to reduce the environmental impact caused be their products and services. Companies have responded to these pressures and have engaged in a number of environmentally friendly initiatives. This thesis is motivated by the task of reducing the environmental impact caused by the myriad of electrical and electronic products that make our lives more conformable and enjoyable. More specifically, it addresses the challenge of efficiently and effectively mitigating such impacts. We show that companies will need a mixture of strategies to respond to this challenge. Furthermore, we show that these strategies must consider environmental, technical and marketing aspects of the business of electrical and electronic products. These three aspects need to be considered systemically, and the solutions will vary greatly according to the companies, the products they manufacture, and the ways in which their supply chains are organized.

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Keywords electrical and electronic products, environmental impact, manufacture, supply chains
JEL Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies (jel H23), Information and Product Quality; Standardization and Compatibility (jel L15), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32), Environmental Economics (jel Q5)
Promotor J.A.E.E. van Nunen (Jo) , H.W.G.M. van Heck (Eric)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam , Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Sponsor Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) Prof.dr. T. Spengler Prof.dr. R. Dekker Prof.dr. C. Corbett Dr. J.M. Bloemhof (co-promotor)
ISBN 978-90-5892-192-5
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Series ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Quariguasi Frota Neto, J. (2008, December 4). Eco-efficient Supply Chains for Electrical and Electronic Products (No. EPS-2008-152-LIS). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from