BP’s Solar Business Model – A Case Study on BP’s Solar Business Case and its Drivers (2014)

Summary British Petroleum (BP) was among the first major oil companies to commercialise solar power technologies and was also one of the largest fully integrated photovoltaics companies. Following the oil crises of the 1970s and as part of its diversification strategy, BP built up its subsidiary BP Solar, which later became a central element in … Continue reading BP’s Solar Business Model – A Case Study on BP’s Solar Business Case and its Drivers (2014)

Innovation und Evolution von Geschäftsmodellen dargestellt am Beispiel BP Solar (2014)

Summary British Petroleum (BP) gehörte zu den ersten Ölkonzernen, die Solartechnologien im großen Stil kommerzialisiert haben. BP bzw. das Tochterunternehmen BP Solar galt zeitweise als eines der größten vollintegrierten Solarunternehmen der Welt. Es wurde in Folge der Ölkrisen der 1970er Jahre und als Teil einer allgemeinen Diversifikationsstrategie gegründet und avancierte später zum zentralen Element der … Continue reading Innovation und Evolution von Geschäftsmodellen dargestellt am Beispiel BP Solar (2014)

Normative Innovation for Sustainable Business Models in Value Networks (2014)

Summary While business model innovation has been widely accepted as an innovation category on its own, its problem-solving potential is still unexplored. We argue that business model innovation can be applied beyond single firms, i.e. on the value network level, to find systemic solutions to “wicked” problems. A framework and method for sustainable business model … Continue reading Normative Innovation for Sustainable Business Models in Value Networks (2014)

Business Models for Sustainable Innovation – State of the Art and Steps Towards a Research Agenda (2013)

Summary The aim of this paper is to advance research on sustainable innovation by adopting a business model perspective. Through a confrontation of the literature on both topics we find that research on sustainable innovation has tended to neglect the way in which firms need to combine a value proposition, the organization of the upstream … Continue reading Business Models for Sustainable Innovation – State of the Art and Steps Towards a Research Agenda (2013)

Business Cases for Sustainability – The Role of Business Model Innovation for Corporate Sustainability (2012)

Summary A considerable body of literature deals with the creation of economic value while increasing corporate environmental and social performance. Some publications even focus on the business case for sustainability which aims at increasing corporate economic value through environmental or social measures. The existence of a business case for sustainability is, however, mostly seen as … Continue reading Business Cases for Sustainability – The Role of Business Model Innovation for Corporate Sustainability (2012)

Debt for Brands – Tracking Down a Bias in Financing Photovoltaic Projects in Germany (2011)

Summary What kinds of PV project configurations do lenders prefer to finance? Recent developments in the field of renewable energy project finance have reinforced the need for investigation, as fundraising has become more challenging and project evaluation by banks more demanding. To contribute to the limited research in this field, we focus on photovoltaic projects … Continue reading Debt for Brands – Tracking Down a Bias in Financing Photovoltaic Projects in Germany (2011)

Towards a Conceptual Framework of Business Models for Sustainability (2010)

Summary Theorists and practitioners highlight the importance of business for progress in sustainable consumption and production (SCP). In this context business models are discussed as meta factors that can support the adoption of cleaner products and processes, sustainable supply chains and further contributions towards SCP. The article is about business model innovation and the creation … Continue reading Towards a Conceptual Framework of Business Models for Sustainability (2010)