Business Models for Sustainability Transitions: How Organisations Contribute to Societal Transformation

  • 6h 2m
  • Annabeth Aagaard, Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Peter Wells
  • Springer
  • 2021

'It is in exploring the complementarities of business model innovation and sustainability transitions where this book makes a major contribution. Bridging related but so far separate areas of research and generating new insights for strategy and policy making is key to destabilising unsustainable business practices, and to accelerate processes of transformative and sustainable change. This book is an important stepping-stone in a much larger journey toward more sustainable modes of production and consumption.'

- Jochen Markard, Senior researcher and Lecturer at the Group for Sustainability and Technology within the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics of ETH Zurich.

Can innovations in business change society? Can innovations in society change business? These two questions have become critically urgent in recent years, but are rarely considered together. ‘Business Models for Sustainability Transitions’ therefore asks, can contemplating both concepts together result in a flourishing, sustainable future? Technology alone cannot save us. We cannot consciously consume our way out of trouble. This book represents a start at bridging the dynamic world of business model innovation with the constant and unprecedented transitions underway in the world around us. For researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, the coupling of the two questions has the potential to unlock answers to our grand global challenges with responses that are at the same time rapid and enduring. This work offers unique and considered glimpses into what it may take to harness wide-ranging innovations for the collective good.

About the Author

Annabeth Aagaard is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research is focused on sustainable and digital business development, ecosystems and innovation, from which she has (co)‐authored 14 textbooks, including “Sustainable Business Models - Innovation, Implementation and Success”, Palgrave.

Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Professor for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Business School, Berlin. He serves on the editorial boards of different journals, and has authored or edited four books, including “Sustainable Business Model Design”. He founded

Peter Wells is a Professor of Business and Sustainability, and Director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research, at Cardiff Business School, UK. He is author or editor of 11 books and is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, the BBC and other international news sources.

In this Book

  • Foreword—A Transitions Perspective
  • Foreword—A Business Models Perspective
  • Introduction to Business Models for Sustainability Transitions
  • Transformative Business and Sustainability Transitions—A Framework and an Empirical Illustration
  • The Networked Business Model for Systems Change—Integrating a Systems Perspective in Business Model Development for Sustainability Transitions
  • Sustainable Value Creation for Advancing Sustainability Transition—An Approach to Integrate Company- and System-Level Sustainability
  • Building BoP Business Models for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation—System Tips and System Traps
  • The Business Model of Enough—Value Creation for Sufficiency-Oriented Businesses
  • Collaborative Business Models and Platforms in Shared Mobility Transitions—The Case of Bikeshare Integration
  • Upscaling Sustainable Niches—How a User Perspective of Organizational Value Logics Can Help Translate between Niche and System
  • IoT-Driven Reuse Business Models—The Case of Salesianer Textile Rental Services
  • Business Models for Smart Sustainability—A Critical Perspective on Smart Homes and Sustainability Transitions
  • Business Models for Energy Efficiency Services—Four Archetypes Based on User-Centeredness and Dynamic Capabilities
  • Reverse Logistics Process for Business Transitions—An Example from the Clothing Industry