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Sustainable Business Models

Innovation, Implementation and Success

  • Annabeth Aagaard
  • Links sustainable business modelling to current research in the circular economy and big data

  • Contributes to the knowledge of the design, implementation and management of sustainable business models

  • Provides a framework to evaluate the level of sustainability in business models

  • Incorporates a number of case studies to illustrate how sustainable business models are integrated and managed


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Florian Lüdeke-Freund, René Bohnsack, Henning Breuer, Lorenzo Massa
    Pages 25-60
  3. Kaisa Manninen, Janne Huiskonen
    Pages 89-118
  4. Ulla A. Saari, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Leena Köppä, Jörg Langwaldt, Stina Boedeker, Saku J. Mäkinen
    Pages 119-150
  5. Raz Godelnik, Jen van der Meer
    Pages 239-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-375

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive exploration into the identification and development of sustainable business models as well as their implementation, management and evaluation. With an ever-increasing pressure on organisations to respond to societal change and improve competition through sustainable business model innovation (SBMI), this book aims to contribute to the knowledge of their design and management. Also providing a framework to evaluate the level of sustainability of business models, this book critically reviews existing literature on the topic to examine the potential of SBMI in research. The author employs a number of case studies to illustrate the integration of sustainable business models throughout the value chain, and their influence on wider social, environmental and business activities. 


sustainability circular economy sustainable leaders value chain agile strategy blue business models green business models big data

Editors and affiliations

  • Annabeth Aagaard
    • 1
  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityHerningDenmark

About the editors

Annabeth Aagaard is Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she conducts research in digital and sustainable business models, innovation management, and open innovation. She is Director of the Centre for Business Development at Aarhus University, which carries out international research and projects combining business development and digital technologies. In addition, she is the CEO and owner of the consultancy company, KnowledgeHouse, which has designed and implemented strategies and development projects among top 100 companies in Scandinavia. She has 20 years of experience working in these fields, drawing on her experiences in the academic, public, and private sectors, where she was formerly a manager and management specialist. She has published nine textbooks and management handbooks and over 200 scientific papers, conference papers, and public articles in total on management, business development, innovation, and sustainability, and has published her scientific work in acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal articles, including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Creativity & Innovation Management, and the Scandinavian Journal of Management.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sustainable Business Models
  • Book Subtitle Innovation, Implementation and Success
  • Editors Annabeth Aagaard
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-93274-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06627-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-93275-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 375
  • Number of Illustrations 46 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sustainability Management
    Corporate Social Responsibility
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