Systemic intense analysis of material and energy flows, aims efficiency improvement, waste reduction and innovation. There is potential for a mismatch between the amount of potential solutions produced and the capacity to develop them by the systemic analysis and design team, requiring an intermediate strategic step of intellectual capital management. A conceptual model, interconnecting analysis activities with the strategic management of intellectual capital, is presented, encompassing project development and implementation. Without protection, a project’s economic viability can be compromised. Within the research, several consultations were conducted by email, at the national, European and global level, to agencies and institutions with intellectual property protection mandates. The results unveil opportunities for enhancement of existing protection models to cover detected gaps, pointing to the kind of innovative solutions lacking forms of protection. A four-stage model is presented to promote and contribute to the dissemination of systemic project and analysis as a practice at the service of environmental management, which is in line with green practices of intellectual capital management (considering environmental, social, and economic sustainability). This model is complemented by two novel indexes: The Protection Prioritization Index – PtPI and the Development Prioritization Index – DPI.
Denis A. Coelho, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree in 2002 and now holds an extensive publication record in Human Factors and Ergonomics and Product Design. He is an international evaluator for Research Grant Proposals and Doctoral dissertations. He is the founding and active editor in chief of The International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (indexed in Scopus and published by Inderscience). Founding Coordinator of the Industrial Design Engineering Masters programme at University of Beira Interior, Portugal. Assistant Professor of Human-Technology Interfaces.
Fátima Lanhoso SRM Vieira, is a graduate in Equipment Design by the School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Guarda in 2010 and Master in Industrial and Technological Design in 2013 by the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, where she developed her master’s dissertation with the title, “The impact of group dynamics on creativity”. With interests in the dynamics of groups and ideation metrics, in the development of designed products.
Tiago E.P. Carrola graduated in Industrial Design (2009), with a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology Design (2013) from the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã (Portugal). He currently performs UX (User Experience) design functions, with interests in the areas of usability, accessibility, human-computer interaction and information architecture.
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The work reported in this paper has been supported in part by project Centro-01-0145-FEDER-000017—EMaDeS—Energy, Materials and Sustainable Development, co-financed by the Portugal 2020 Program (PT 2020), within the Center Regional Operational Program (CENTRO 2020) and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Also, this work was supported by Portuguese
funds through Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through the Research Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies, under (UID/EMS/00151/2013/C-MAST)
Environmental Management, Intellectual Property, Sustainability