Innovations for sustainability: Challenges of utilising sustainability-related knowledge

Nina Tura (Corresponding Author), 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 utilisation of sustainability knowledge, i.e., creating market value by combining pieces of environmental, organisational 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 utilisation 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 utilisation of sustainability knowledge at all stages of knowledge management. We also analyse the potential of digitalisation in enhancing innovations for sustainability and lowering the challenges in the utilisation of sustainability knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-478
Number of pages27
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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Keywords

  • Digitalisation effects
  • Innovation
  • KM
  • knowledge management
  • Knowledge process
  • Knowledge utilisation
  • Managerial challenges
  • Soi
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability knowledge
  • Sustainability-oriented innovation
  • Sustainable development

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Innovations for sustainability : Challenges of utilising sustainability-related knowledge. / Tura, Nina (Corresponding Author); Ojanen, Ville; Hanski, Jyri.

In: International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13, No. 3-4, 2019, p. 452-478.

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