Life Cycle Assessment as Entrepreneurial Tool for Business Management and Green Innovations


  • Cassiano Moro Piekarski Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)
  • Leila Mendes Luz Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)
  • Lidiana Zocche Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)
  • Antonio Carlos Francisco Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)



business management, corporate entrepreneurship, green innovation, internal entrepreneurship, life cycle assessment (LCA), sustainability


A transition for a green economy has encouraged companies to use new tools which promote internal corporate entrepreneurship, increase the competitiveness and achieve sustainable results. This article presented a theoretical discussion of how the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can presents as an entrepreneurial tool for modern business management and green innovation. Studies of LCA were analyzed showing benefits and applications in the areas of strategic planning, production, process of development of products, search and development, social and environmental responsibility, and marketing. As for green innovations, there were analyzed studies of innovations in products, processes and services. The tool assists in making sustainable decisions, fortifies the management of the business processes, the management of operations and the promotion of greener innovations.


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Author Biographies

Cassiano Moro Piekarski, Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)

Department of Production Engineering / Sustainable Production Systems Research Group

Leila Mendes Luz, Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)

Department of Production Engineering / Sustainable Production Systems Research Group

Lidiana Zocche, Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)

Department of Production Engineering / Sustainable Production Systems Research Group

Antonio Carlos Francisco, Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)

Department of Production Engineering / Sustainable Production Systems Research Group


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Piekarski, C. M., Luz, L. M., Zocche, L., & Francisco, A. C. (2013). Life Cycle Assessment as Entrepreneurial Tool for Business Management and Green Innovations. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 8(1), 44–53.



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