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Innovation for Sustainability

Business Transformations Towards a Better World

  • Nancy Bocken
  • Paavo Ritala
  • Laura Albareda
  • Robert Verburg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Nancy Bocken, Paavo Ritala, Laura Albareda, Robert Verburg
    Pages 1-16
  3. Systemic View—the Big Picture

  4. Strategy and Leadership for a Sustainability Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-116
    2. Robert Verburg
      Pages 117-133
    3. Nina Tura, Genevieve Mortimer, Antero Kutvonen
      Pages 157-175
    4. Sveinung Jørgensen, Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen
      Pages 177-192
    5. Linn Meidell Dybdahl
      Pages 193-211 Open Access
    6. Tero Rantala, Minna Saunila, Juhani Ukko, Hannu Rantanen
      Pages 213-229
  5. Measurement and Assessment of Sustainable Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-232
    2. Romana Rauter, Martina Zimek, Rupert J. Baumgartner, Josef-Peter Schöggl
      Pages 253-269
    3. Wouter C. Kersten, Jan Carel Diehl, Jo M. L. van Engelen
      Pages 291-309

About this book


The aim of this edited book is to provide a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and challenges related to innovation for sustainability. Combining work from both emerging and established scholars in different academic fields, this book provides an integrated understanding of the topic from four perspectives. First, the big picture: frameworks, types, and drivers; second, strategy and leadership; third, measurement and assessment and fourth, tools, methods and technologies.

Chapter 11 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


sustainable innovation sustainable business model circular economy leadership for sustainability intrapreneurship sustainable technology circular business model green growth Sustainable Development Goals SDGs sustainability strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy Bocken
    • 1
  • Paavo Ritala
    • 2
  • Laura Albareda
    • 3
  • Robert Verburg
    • 4
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Lappeenranta University of TechnologyLappeenrantaFinland
  3. 3.Lappeenranta University of TechnologyLappeenrantaFinland
  4. 4.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

About the editors

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business Management and Practice at IIIEE, Lund University, Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Paavo Ritala is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the School of Business and Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland.

Laura Albareda is Associate Professor of Sustainable Business at the School of Business and Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland. She is also Visiting Professor at Deusto Business School.

Robert Verburg is an Associate Professor in Management and Director of the Management of Technology programme at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Innovation for Sustainability
  • Book Subtitle Business Transformations Towards a Better World
  • Editors Nancy Bocken
    Paavo Ritala
    Laura Albareda
    Robert Verburg
  • 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 978-3-319-97384-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-97385-2
  • Series ISSN 2662-1320
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-1339
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 457
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sustainability Management
    Innovation/Technology Management
    Corporate Social Responsibility
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“Readers interested in company level accounts of innovation will find this book very useful and both the book and its individual chapters are likely to stay relevant for years. The book admirably achieves what it sets out to do. … It is a book for those who want to know more about firm-level product and process innovation. I can certainly recommend the book for this purpose.” (Paul Upham, R&D Management, August 29, 2019)