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Sustainability for transformation and societal Innovation.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013).
2017 (English)In: Transformations in Practice: Transformations 2017:Transformations in Practice, Dundee, Scotland, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the role of sustainability as a driving force for transformation and societal innovation to meet a new global landscape for sustainable business, using societal and environmental challenges as part of the business model. There is a new business landscape we have to face (Normann, 2001), which requires an understanding of how business and societal innovation can be problematized and understood in real context and in a broader and transcendental view of business logics (Enquist et al, 2015) not firm centric but rather from societal perspective (Laczniak and Murphy, 2012). To get a deeper understanding what Transformation-Agenda (The Agenda-2030) means for transformative change, we have looked into real contexts of two enterprises: IKEA, the world leading furniture enterprise; and Löfbergs, family owned coffee roaster in North Europe. Löfbergs is a global actor in coffee & climate transformation. These companies have setting up a transformation agenda by engaging with the small holders at the bottom of the supply chain and by setting for up global initiatives, as pioneers. A transition to sustainability can only attained by combining technology with deep system innovations and lifestyle changes (Rockström and Klum, 2015; p. 133). Primary data for this study was collected through in-depth interviews and a dialogue. This paper contributes to crafting a holistic approach for societal innovation through a feasible and proactive transformation to meet societal and sustainable business challenges. Sustainable innovation will be used as a platform (Nidumolu et al, 2009) to create new services and new business models and develop sustainability for society.

 

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Dundee, Scotland, 2017.
Keywords [en]
Sustainability, transformation, societal innovation, services and business models
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70195DiVA, id: diva2:1264315
Conference
Transformations 2017, Transformations in Practice, 30th August - 1st September 2017,Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) University of Dundee, Scotland, UK,
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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