Sustainable Business Model and Supply Chain Conceptions – Towards an Integrated Perspective (2016)

Summary Supply chains and business models are of general importance for any company. Due to these concepts’ overarching and interlinking nature, they are of particular importance for companies engaging in sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainability management. These companies look over the rim of their organizations’ boundaries—motivating research and practice dealing with sustainable supply chains (SSCs) and … Continue reading Sustainable Business Model and Supply Chain Conceptions – Towards an Integrated Perspective (2016)

Sustainability-Oriented Business Model Assessment – A Conceptual Foundation (2016, in print)

Summary Whether and how “sustainable business models” effectively support sustainable development is not just a matter of design, but also of the measurability and manageability of business model effects. While the interrelations between organisations’ sustainability performance and their business models is discussed in an increasing number of academic and practice publications, appropriate management approaches for … Continue reading Sustainability-Oriented Business Model Assessment – A Conceptual Foundation (2016, in print)

Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Business Models – Usefulness and Applicability of the GRI Framework (2015)

Summary Corporate sustainability has left its academic niche and has become an integral part of today’s business world. While companies around the globe are trying to position themselves as economically competitive and at the same time as ecologically and socially sound, for example through more efficient production processes or increasing product responsibility, some pioneers are … Continue reading Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Business Models – Usefulness and Applicability of the GRI Framework (2015)

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)