Ecosystem Transitions in Sustainable Business Innovation

Pasi Pussinen (Corresponding author), Maija Federley, Henri Wiman

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Sustainable business innovations aim to tackle global challenges including environmental and social issues. Establishing business ecosystem based on sustainability-oriented innovations include dealing with a system level change and impacts. In this article we present a single case of an ecosystem looking to solve a global challenge of plastic debris. The ecosystem is looking into establish operations in target markets with a two-phase entry model, both representing a different ecosystem phase. Potential market areas represent areas with no current waste management infrastructure established. We use causal-loop diagrams to visualise the concepts of these ecosystem phases and aim to identify major characteristics affecting the expansion of these ecosystems. The sustainability-oriented innovation may attract funding opportunities to support initial ecosystem phase and help to gather resources for expansion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference "Innovating in a Digital World"
EditorsLeandro Bitetti, Iain Bitran, Steffen Conn, Jessica Fishburn, Eelko Huizingh, Marko Torkkeli, Jialei Yang
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-335-695-5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in a Digital World - RAdisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 Jun 20228 Jun 2022 (Proceeding submissions)

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SeriesLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications: Research Reports


ConferenceXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference
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  • sustainability
  • business
  • innovation
  • ecosystem


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