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Eco-Innovation and Sustainability Management

1st Edition

By Bart Bossink


182 pages

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Sustainability is a phenomenon that must be pursued in a complex system of interrelated elements of business, society, and ecology. It is important to gain an understanding of these elements, the interplay between them, and the behavior of the system. This book explores the business-societal-and-ecological system in which sustainable innovation has to be envisioned, conceptualized, realized, and improved. Author Bart Bossink offers insight into the systematic coherence of drivers of eco-innovation and sustainability utilizing a three-part approach: (1) eco- and sustainable innovation in business is based on ideas and people who cooperatively develop these ideas; (2) groups of people, organized in commercial firms, must realize these ideas cooperatively and create the innovations that can conquer the market; and (3) that people from governmental, non-governmental, not-for-profit, research, and commercial organizations can build institutional arrangements that stimulate these sustainable innovations, changing both industry and society.

Adopting a managerial perspective and discussing concepts and methods to manage eco-innovation in business, this book highlights the interrelated roles of the individual, the firm, partnerships, and business environments. Researchers and practitioners who want to combine a commercial and economical approach with an ethical and social ambition to create an ecologically sustainable firm stand to learn much from these pages.

Table of Contents

1. Eco-innovation and Sustainability 2. Co-ideation by Leaders 3. Co-ideation by Entrepreneurs 4. Co-ideation by Champions 5. Co-innovation in Teams 6. Co-innovation in Projects 7. Co-innovation in Businesses 8. Co-innovation in Public Private Partnerships 9. Co-institutionalization by Market and Society 10. Co-institutionalization by Knowledge and Technology 11. Co-institutionalization by Policy and Regulation 12. Eco-innovation and Sustainability Management

About the Author

Bart Bossink is Professor of Technology and Innovation at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration and at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He obtained a master degree in industrial engineering and management at University of Twente. More than 70 of his papers were published as an article in various scientific and professional journals. One of his books was nominated for best management book of the year in Belgium. One of his articles received the outstanding paper award from the Emerald Literati Network. His research is acknowledged and supported by both governmental and commercial organizations resulting in financial support, tight cooperation in research projects, and lectures and workshops for practitioners.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Energy Industries
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics