Innovations for sustainability

Challenges in utilizing sustainability-related knowledge

Nina Tura, Ville Ojanen, Jyri Hanski

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Abstract

The demands for more sustainable development are increasing, and solving complex sustainability challenges is acknowledged to require innovations that take environmental, social and economic perspectives into consideration. The development of innovations for sustainability requires the utilization of sustainability knowledge, i.e. creating market value by combining pieces of environmental, organizational and social information. In this study, we address the reasons why sustainability knowledge is not exploited more broadly and set focus on the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge. The empirical data for the study was collected in an interdisciplinary expert workshop and by conducting semi-structural interviews in four Finnish companies. The study reveals challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge at all stages of knowledge management. We also analyze the potential of digitalization in enhancing innovations for sustainability and lowering the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-478
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
Volume13
Issue number3/4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Innovations for sustainability : Challenges in utilizing sustainability-related knowledge. / Tura, Nina; Ojanen, Ville; Hanski, Jyri.

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