Toward a Pattern Language for Eco-Business Design
Shinsuke Kondoh*, Hitoshi Komoto*, Yusuke Kishita**,
and Nobuo Nakamura***
*National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-2-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8564, Japan
**Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
***a-Socca, Inc., 5-2 Higasyi-ashiya, Ashiya, Hyogo 659-0095, Japan
The objective of this study is to seek a pattern language in the domain of eco-business design. A pattern language is first proposed in the field of architecture. By using patterns as the basis for a shared agreement in a community, users and stakeholders in the community can design buildings and their surrounding environment in a cooperative manner. This paper first discusses key features of the language that enables a cooperative eco-business design among multiple stakeholders. It goes on to describe how to formulate the language by using a causal-loop diagram as well as rules that were established by analyzing 130 eco-business cases in Japan. A simplified case study is also provided to illustrate how to use the language.
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