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Business Models for Sustainability

Peter E. Wells, Cardiff University, UK
With increasing awareness that innovative technology alone is insufficient to make sustainable lifestyles a reality, this book brings into sharp focus the need to create radical new business models. This insightful book provides a theoretically grounded but also realistic account of how the design of business models can be a critical component in the overall transition to sustainability, and one that transcends the usual focus on innovative technology.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: £70.00 Web: £63.00
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 152 3
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78254 751 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic Management
With increasing awareness that innovative technology alone is insufficient to make sustainable lifestyles a reality, this book brings into sharp focus the need to create radical new business models. This insightful book provides a theoretically grounded but also realistic account of how the design of business models can be a critical component in the overall transition to sustainability, and one that transcends the usual focus on innovative technology.

Weaving together key principles and components for business sustainability, the book highlights five very different pathways to the future for sectors ranging from microbreweries and printing through to clothing, mobility and plastics. Business has only just started the first few tentative steps towards a very different approach to creating and sustaining value, but this book concludes that enormous opportunities will emerge alongside new ways of creating and capturing value.

Academics and postgraduate students in the fields of sustainable business, business organisations and industrial ecology will find this book brings a greater understanding of business strategy and structure to the discipline. While traditionally referenced and structured, this academic book is accessibly written with key principles that may also appeal to the consultant community.
‘Business Models for Sustainability breaks new ground by combining three important insights. First, achieving sustainability requires socio-technical transitions that entail new technologies, production processes, lifestyles, and consumption patterns. Second, firms play crucial roles in mediating between sustainable production and consumption. Third, radical innovations require organizational innovations and new business models. Peter Wells successfully combines these “big picture” ideas with rich in-depth case studies drawing on years of accumulated expertise. Highly recommended.’
– Frank W. Geels, University of Manchester, UK and Chairman of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network
Contents: Preface 1. Business Models and Sustainability 2. Business Models: A Broad Perspective 3. Examples of Business Model Innovation in General Practice 4. The Principles and Components of Business Models for Sustainability 5. Case Study Sectors for Business Models for Sustainability 6. Conclusions References Index