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Managing Sustainable Innovation

1st Edition

Edited by Vanessa Ratten, Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas, Hans Lundberg


216 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book is an insightful text looking at sustainable innovation and the emerging fourth sector i.e. hybrid organizations through an interdisciplinary approach.

The book illuminates what hybrid organizations are and how they generate new ways of creating blended value to secure the well-being of future generations and preservation of ecological services. The book also discusses how sustainable innovation may offer creative solutions to societal issues, the sharing economy and the circular economy.

This book will appeal to those taking MBA, EMBA programmes and those with an interest in creating sustainable business and innovation solutions.


"Innovation is, without a doubt, one of the most important competitive factors for businesses and territories. However, it is fundamental that managers also focus on sustainable practices to increase competitiveness in global markets. Existing knowledge on the relationship between innovation and sustainability was lacking until now. I highly recommend this book to academics, (researchers and teachers) and students, who want to deepen their knowledge on the management of sustainable innovation, an extremely relevant and up-to-date topic, explored in a much-needed book. It is also an important reading for practitioners who want to improve their capabilities in daily management operations." — Filipa Brandão, PhD, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro

"After many contributions on the study of innovation science, it is important to reflect on the extent to which such innovation is sustainable and how it actually contributes to the wellbeing of societies. This book sheds light on the sustainability of innovation processes and on the outcome of innovation for the different stakeholders, in opposition to the traditional view of innovation within entrepreneurial activities only. From this perspective, this book adds to the knowledge on innovation activities and its impact for the development of contemporary societies." — Vitor Braga, Associate Professor, School of Technology and Management of Felgueiras, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

"This book offers valuable insights in sustainable innovation, a much-needed transition of businesses towards a more sustainable future. The book offers a wealth of examples of sustainable innovation, ranging from tourism, to supply chain, to the creative industry, the circular economy, and many more, offering a solid evidence-based foundation for sustainable business innovation, which should speak to audiences such as students, lecturers, professionals, and business owners." — Bart Henssen, PhD, Head of the Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Odisee University of Applied Sciences (BE), Belgium

"This edited volume provides a much-needed international perspective on sustainable innovation. While there is much talk for the need for sustainable innovation to address the major challenges of our time, this volume shows in great depth how sustainable innovation can actually be managed, taking into account the contextual specificities across countries." — Prof Jonatan Pinkse, Alliance Manchester Business School

Table of Contents

1. Managing Sustainable Innovation

Vanessa Ratten, Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas and Hans Lundberg

2. Integrating the Base-of-the-Pyramid Business into Global Supply Chains

Maryam Zomorrodi, Sajad Fayezi, Kwok Hung Lau, and Adela McMurray

3. Indigenous Folkways, Subsistence Markets, and Rural Development in the Caribbean: A Case Study of a Social Bricoleur

Talia Randa Esnard

4. Co-evolutionary Prospects and Sustainability

Marco Valenti

5. Drivers and Barriers to Sustainable Innovation in SMEs in the Context of Small Countries

Athanasios Hadjimanolis

6. Sustainable Innovation Crossing Technological Borders

Fernando Almeida

7. Circular Business Model: The Case of the Tire Recycling Plant in the Bío-Bío Chilean Region

Camilo Angel Peña Ramírez

8. Sustainable Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Innovations in the Queenstown Food Sector

Mansi Sheth, Masoud Karami and Karen Murphy

9. Determinants of Sustainable Innovation Capacities for Transition Economies

Rustem Baris Yesilay and Umut Halac

10. Social Innovation and Sustainability: A Compared Case Study based on the Implementation and Evaluation of Small-scale Actions in Atlantic Regions

Carla Nogueira, Hugo Pinto and Fábio Sampaio

11. Rural Sustainable Innovation and Creative Industries: Case Study of Rural Tourism Households in Pirot, Serbia

Hristina Mikić

About the Editors

Vanessa Ratten is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing, La Trobe University, Australia.

Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas is Assistant Professor at the Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden.

Hans Lundberg is Professor at the School of Business Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.

About the Series

Innovation and Technology Horizons

As business landscape constantly shifts in today's digital age, this timely series looks at how business and society can harness technological innovation to succeed and drive progress. The books in this series identify new innovation capabilities and emerging technologies and investigate the managerial implications of such technologies. As business processes become increasingly complex, the series also explores how businesses can transform themselves with new digital technologies while aligning themselves with today’s societal goals. This series provides direction through research on innovation and technology management and will be of benefit to anyone who is keen to thrive in an evolving business environment.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development