The most important theme of the discourse on sustainable development and sustainability challenges concerns the relationship between innovation and sustainability. This book represents a realistic critical overview of the state of affairs of sustainable innovations, offering an accessible and comprehensive diagnostic point of reference for both the academic and practitioner worlds. In order for sustainable innovation to truly become mainstream practice in business it is necessary to find out how organizations can strategically and efficiently accommodate sustainability and innovation in such a manner that they accomplish value capturing (for firms, stakeholders, and for society), not merely creating a return on the social responsibility agenda. Addressing this challenge, the book draws together research from a range of perspectives in order to understand the potential shifts and barriers, benefits, and outcomes from all angles: inception, strategic process, and impact for companies and society. The book also delivers insights of (open) innovation in public sector organizations, which is not so much a process of invention as it is one of adoption and diffusion. It examines how the environmental pillar of the triple bottom line in private firms is often a by-product of thinking about the economic pillar, where cost reductions may be achieved through process innovation in terms of eliminating waste and reducing energy consumption. The impact of open innovation on process innovation, and sustainable process innovation in particular, is an underexplored area but is examined in this book. It also considers the role of the individual entrepreneur in bringing about sustainable innovation; entrepreneurs, their small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as the innovation ecosystems they build play a significant role in generating sustainable innovations where these smaller organizations are much more flexible than large organizations in targeting societal needs and challenges. The readership will incorporate PhD students and postgraduate researchers, as well as practitioners from organizational advisory fields.

part |16 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Be authentic, follow through, and think holistically

Editorial thoughts on the virtuous circle that is sustainable innovation
ByCosmina L. Voinea, Nadine Roijakkers, Ward Ooms

part Thematic section one|60 pages

The strategy perspective

chapter 2|20 pages

Business model innovation for sustainability

The role of stakeholder interaction and managerial cognitive change
ByInge Oskam, Ard-Pieter de Man, Bart Bossink

chapter 3|14 pages

Sustainable innovation for the business model of nonprofit organizations

ByFrank de Langen, Judith Sanderse, Francisca Perez Salgado

chapter 4|24 pages

Beyond the Business Model Canvas

Towards a framework of success factors in sustainability startups – an Austrian perspective
ByLisa Winkler

part Thematic section two|46 pages

The network perspective

chapter 5|14 pages

Buyer-supplier collaboration for eco-innovations in a circular economy

A network theory approach
ByMaria A. Franco

chapter 6|16 pages

Open innovation and sustainability

On potential roles of open innovation ecosystems for a sustainability transition
ByDieudonnee Cobben, Dries Maes, Nadine Roijakkers

chapter 7|14 pages

Sustainable innovation

Drivers, barriers, and actors under an open innovation lens
ByBarbara Bigliardi, Serena Filippelli, Francesco Galati

part Thematic section three|60 pages

The process perspective

chapter 9|20 pages

Making innovation sustainable

Lessons from an internal innovation idea challenge
ByJoon Mo Ahn, Jong Rak Kim

chapter 10|21 pages

Shaping sustainable innovation based on cultural values

ByJaap Boonstra, João Brillo

part Thematic section four|74 pages

The impact perspective

chapter 11|10 pages

The role of sustainable innovation in building resilience

ByMatthew Kensen, Dan F. Orcherton

chapter 12|18 pages

Strategic or symbolic?

A descriptive analysis of the application of social impact measurement in Dutch charity organizations
ByCarly Relou, Frank Hubers

chapter 13|16 pages

Impact of sustainable innovation on organizational performance

ByEgbert Dommerholt, Mariusz Soltanifar, John Bessant

chapter 14|10 pages

Sustainable innovation and intellectual property rights

Friends, foes or perfect strangers?
ByCarolina Castaldi

chapter 15|18 pages

Challenges in measuring sustainable innovations performance

Perspectives from the agriculture plantations industry
ByAD Nuwan Gunarathne, Mahendra Peiris