E-waste Study Guide
E-waste Study Guide

E-waste Study Guide

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An information systems study guide from the University of Minnesota.

E-waste - Study Guide

E-waste may be particularly toxic since many components contain harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Managers must consider and plan for the waste created by their products, services, and technology used by the organization. Consumers and governments are increasingly demanding that firms offer responsible methods for the disposal of their manufactured goods and the technology used in their operations.

Managers must audit disposal and recycling partners with the same vigor as their suppliers and other corporate partners. If not, an organization’s equipment may end up in environmentally harmful disposal operations.

Discussion Questions


​What is e-waste? What is so dangerous about e-waste?


What sorts of materials might be harvested from e-waste recycling?


Many well-meaning individuals thought that recycling was the answer to the e-waste problem. But why hasn’t e-waste recycling yielded the results hoped for?


What lessons do the challenges of e-waste offer the manager? What issues will your firm need to consider as it consumes or offers products that contain computing components?


Why is it difficult to recycle e-waste?


Why is e-waste exported abroad for recycling rather than processed domestically?


What part does corruption play in the recycling and disposal of e-waste?


What part might product design and production engineering play in the reduction of the impact of technology waste on the environment?


What are the possible consequences should a U.S. firm be deemed “environmentally irresponsible”?


Name two companies that have incurred the wrath of environmental advocates. What might these firms have done to avoid such criticism?


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