Keränen, Outi; Komulainen, Hanna; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina (2019) Restructuring value networks to enable sustainable innovations in food packaging plastic industry. In: 35th annual IMP Conference: Relationships, Interactions and Networks in Competitive Environments, August 27-30, Paris, France.
Restructuring value networks to enable sustainable innovations in food packaging plastic industry
|Author:||Keränen, Outi1; Komulainen, Hanna1; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina1|
1Oulu Business School, University of Oulu
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020100277843
IESEG School of Management,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-10-02
Sustainability presents major challenges for societies and businesses all around the world. Different policy instruments, as well as regional and international innovation systems, are in place to advance the development of technologies that enable both more sustainable production and consumption. It has been argued that sustainability policy instruments should aim at both creating niche innovations but also at disestablishing current dominant regimes to create openings that enable the transitioning to sustainable technologies. Sustainable innovations tend to require the development of new and well-working technology, but also dismantling existing industry regimes that support the use of old technologies and prevent the change towards new more sustainable technologies. Understanding how science-based sustainability innovations are adopted in established industry networks may enable a faster adoption process of sustainable innovations. Our research question is: what types of changes to existing industry value networks are needed to enable diffusion of science-based sustainability innovations? In the present study, we focus on the food packaging industry and the sustainability challenge related to the need to reduce the use of plastics and substitute them with bioplastics. Plastic is a versatile, durable and inexpensive packaging material, but the environmental problems related to plastic are creating pressure to develop new packaging films and processes that are more user and environmentally friendly. We empirically examine what types of changes to existing industry value networks are needed to enable the large-scale use of biodegradable bio-based bioplastics in the food packaging industry.
35th annual IMP Conference: Relationships, Interactions and Networks in Competitive Environments, August 27-30, Paris, France
|Type of Publication:||
D3 Professional conference proceedings
|Field of Science:||
512 Business and management
This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 792261.
|EU Grant Number:||
(792261) NEWPACK - Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics
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