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Factors behind sustainable business innovation: The case of a global carpet manufacturing company

Luqmani, Adam, Leach, Matthew and Jesson, David (2016) Factors behind sustainable business innovation: The case of a global carpet manufacturing company Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 24. pp. 94-105.

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Abstract

Innovation is critical to business. Sustainability is a global challenge requiring innovation. Many organizations have publicly committed to innovate towards environmental, social and economic sustainability, but a behaviour gap remains. In order to promote the effectiveness of these endeavours, there is a pressing need to understand the conditions for successful innovation towards sustainability, backed by empirical evidence. This paper complements prior work by developing a definition of sustainability-oriented innovation (building upon definitions of eco-innovation), and by discussing observations of this activity in practice. The paper presents an account of sustainability-oriented innovation at Interface, a global manufacturing company with radical sustainability goals. It expounds the contexts in which these innovations arose, focusing in particular on Net-Works, a radical, socially-minded fishing-net recycling programme. It was found that several unique factors contributed to success: adopting an existing route to market, partnering with an NGO, and learning from mistakes in a “safe failure space”.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Luqmani, Adama.luqmani@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Leach, MatthewM.Leach@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Jesson, DavidD.Jesson@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 27 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.eist.2016.10.007
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Uncontrolled Keywords : Innovation management; Manufacturing; Interface; Case study; Sustainability
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jan 2017 11:24
Last Modified : 23 Aug 2017 08:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813211

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