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Sustainability-oriented innovation: developing products, product-service systems and business models

Erik Hansen Ludeke Frank Tietze jeremy large

Erik G. Hansen, 
Johannes Kepler University Linz,
Austria,
Institute for Integrated Quality Design

 

Florian Lüdeke-Freund,
University of Hamburg,
Faculty of Business,
Economics and Social Sciences,
Germany

Frank Tietze,
University of Cambridge,
Institute for Manufacturing (IfM),
UK

Jeremy Hall
University of Nottingham,
International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
(ICCSR)

Sustainability-oriented innovation: developing products, product-service systems and business models

 

Sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) is an umbrella term for various interdisciplinary advances of innovation and technology management research and practice (e.g. sustainability-driven, green/eco or responsible innovation) with the aim of reframing environmental and social challenges as opportunities for innovation leading to more sustainable products, new product-replacing services (product service systems) or other new business models. This session aims at advancing the knowledge on SOI by looking not only at the outcomes (and related artefacts), but by unearthing particularly the managerial practices necessary for adapting innovation processes (e.g. process models, innovation/R&D methods and tools, collaborative, open and network-based approaches). We are interested in high-quality contributions of either empirical (both qualitative/quantitative) or conceptual nature which help to advance the theory and practice of SOI.