Excellent special issue on „Business Models for Sustainability: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Transformation“ in Organization & Environment.
We are excited that our proposal was selected to receive funding from the Belmont Forum, a pan-international social science research body. The project focuses on studying how IP models can help to accelerate sustainability transitions, particularly analysing sustainable business models for clean energy and the circular economy.
Starting in October, the IPACST project will run for three years. Project partners include:
- Department of Management Studies at the Indian Institute of Science (Anjula Gurtoo)
- Chair of Innovation Management at Freie University Berlin in Germany (Carsten Dreher and Elisabeth Eppinger)
- The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University in Sweden (Nancy Bocken).
- The Centre for Technology Management, Intellectual Property and Innovation Management research group, University of Cambridge (Frank Tietze).
Total projects funds are about 1m€. UK funds for the project come from the Global Challenges Research Funds, respectively the ESRC. The project is among 12 selected consortia projects out of 155 eligible proposals.
We will soon be looking to recruit a postdoc, preferably with research expertise in IP and licensing, but also sustainable innovation and the circular economy.
Our article based on this working paper made it into the Research News section on the University homepage: How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future | University of Cambridge
New paper published with Jan Sternkopf from Kiel University, Elisabeth Eppinger from Freie Universität Berlin and Pratheeba Vimalnath (Subramanian) from Indian Institute of Science on how firms employ IP strategies and particularly Open IP strategies to enable transitions towards a more sustainable society, including cases from Tesla and Nutriset. The paper is available in our CTM Working Paper series.
TODAY! START: Parker’s Piece, 11.45am-12.00pm / / END: outside Senate House, 1pm
Speakers: Daniel Zeichner MP, Cllr Oscar Gillespie, Rev Jeremy Caddick, Alice Guillaume.
Recently the second IfM Manufacturing Review issue was launched. Read more about „Making the shift to services“, „New business models for a sustainable future“ and „Innovation by design“ here.
Simply one of the most watched videos on sustainability.
This is another video worth seeing. Janine Benyus, author of “Biomimicry : innovation inspired by nature” talks at the inaugural Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit, sponsored by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation this June. Her message is about how 3D printing can help us on the way towards a sustainable economy. Quite inspiring 20 min with some good examples.
This is a great video summarizing in less than 25min her excellent book on Biomimicry illustrating twelve design principles that we can learn from life in order to make our economy and the products we create sustainable, thus ensuring the world remains a good place to life for future generations.
This short video explains very well the possibilities of business models that are not based on ownership transactions. What happens to society when firms retain ownership and rather sell their products as a service? It also means democratizing consumers, who really then become users. Watch here.
A short and wonderful explanation of the circular economy, the importance of ownership the the possibilities for innovation. Watch here.
An absolute interesting project to follow. The SPREE Project ist funded by FP7 and will run for three years. A highly experienced group of reseachers, supported by senior experts study the effects of servitization on the environment and resource utilization with the ultimate goal to understand if and to what extent servitization can contribute to absolute decoupling. I am looking forward seeing the results.
Also you might want to have a look at this short video, which the project produced.
The International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM) just published a special issue on „When Innovation Meets Sustainability Challenges„. Among the six papers is a paper that I have authored together with Cornelius Herstatt and Tim Schiederig entitled „Firms‘ transition to green product service system innovators: cases from the mobility sector„. In the paper we present and discuss how firms can become innovators of product service systems based on three cases from urban, future mobility solutions (car2go, Hertz on Demand, Better Place).
In Germany a new magazine was recently launched with an emphasis on sharing. Have a look here.
Die Artikel der Zeitschrift „brand eins“, Ausgabe „Greif zu“ (05/2013) sind hier online verfügbar. Es geht um Geschäftsmodelle rund um das Teilen (sharing, leasing, renting, etc.) und inwiefern diese für Unternehmen sinnvoll, also gewinnbringend sein können, mit spannenden Beispielen klassischer Firmen (z.B. Linde AG), von Start-ups (z.B. Flightcar, car2go, DriveNow, Zipcar, RelayRides) und weiteren Beipielen aus dem Altag.