Eco-Innovation and the Development of Business Models: Lessons from Experience and New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

Susana Garrido Azevedo (Editor/Coordinator), Marcus Brandenburg (Editor/Coordinator), Virgílio António Cruz Machado (Editor/Coordinator), Helena Maria Lourenço Carvalho (Editor/Coordinator)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages314
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-05077-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-05076-8, 978-3-319-37772-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameGreening of Industry Networks Studies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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