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Eco-Innovation and the Development of Business Models

Lessons from Experience and New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

Azevedo, S.G., Brandenburg, M., Carvalho, H., Cruz-Machado, V. (Eds.)

2014, XIX, 314 p. 47 illus., 8 illus. in color.

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  • Offers a concise, evidence-based review of methodologies, applications and future developments in radical eco-innovation
  • Analysis ranges from individual case studies and cross sector assessments to international perspective
  • Covers such industries as biogas, automotive manufacturing and apparel, with case studies set in Scandinavia, Western Europe and Latin America

Environmental challenges such as pollution, climate change, water and natural resources depletion and dwindling bio-diversity are true threats to the survival of our civilization, forcing us to learn how to act now. Fortunately this is exactly what this book does: presenting real life cases, along with theory, methodologies and tools demonstrating how eco-innovation can support sustainable economic growth and save our planet for future generations.

Following an introduction describing developments and directions of eco-innovation, Section One discusses Models and Frameworks Supporting Eco-Innovation, with chapters on search strategy for radical eco-innovation; and systematic eco-innovation with TRIZ Methodology. Section Two offers surveys and case studies showing eco-innovation in practice, including a sketch of the eco-innovative landscape in the Brazilian Cellulose, Paper and Paper Products Industry; efforts to eco-innovate among large Swedish companies; progress towards joint product-service business models and more. The third section surveys future directions and emerging trends, among them a new methodology for eco-friendly construction; the development of lightweight small inter-island ferries in Scandinavia and BioTRIZ: a win-win methodology for eco-innovation.

The book explores eco-innovation as a framework for supporting the development of new business models which consider the entire business ecosystem, on the way to a sustainable world. Moreover, it explores the eco-innovation process in cross-national and cross-sector perspective.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » BioTriz - Eco-friendly construction - Eco-innovation - Environmental challenges - TRIZ methodology

Related subjects » Business & Management - Environmental Management - Environmental Sciences - Innovation - Technology Management - Production & Logistics - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

Developments and directions of eco-innovation.- Part I Models and frameworks supporting eco-innovation.- Managing cross-industry innovations: a search strategy for radical eco-innovations.- How to make eco-innovation a competitive strategy: a perspective on the knowledge-based development.- A framework for developing, evaluating and assessing eco-innovations.- Radical and Systematic Eco-Innovation with TRIZ Methodology.- Part II Application: surveys and case studies on eco-innovation deployment.- Eco-Innovation on Manufacturing Industry: The role of sustainability on innovation processes.- Portraying the Eco-Innovative Landscape in Brazil: determinants, processes and results.- Contextual Factors as Drivers of Eco-innovation Strategies: The Definition of an Organizational Taxonomy in the Brazilian Cellulose, Paper and Paper Products Industry.- Conceptualising industry efforts to eco-innovate among large Swedish companies.- Integrated environmental management tools for product and organizations in clusters.- Towards joint product-service business models: The case of Your Energy Solution.- Business model innovation for eco-innovation: developing a boundary-spanning business model of an ecosystem integrator.- Part III future directions: eco-innovation initiatives.- A new methodology for eco-friendly construction: utilizing quality function deployment to meet LEED requirements.- Light weight small island ferries in Scandinavia – a case of radical eco-innovation.- BioTRIZ: a win-win methodology for eco-innovation.

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