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Keränen, Outi; Lehtimäki, Tuula; Komulainen, Hanna; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina (2020) Mobilizing change in an industry network for commercializing a sustainable innovation. In: Proceedings of the the 36th Annual IMP Conference, September 3-4. 2020. Virtual conference. https://www.imp2020.se/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mobilizing-change-in-an-industry-network-for-commercializing-a-sustainable-innovation.pdf

Mobilizing change in an industry network for commercializing a sustainable innovation

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Author: Keränen, Outi1; Lehtimäki, Tuula1; Komulainen, Hanna1;
Organizations: 1Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020111189938
Language: English
Published: Örebro University, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-11
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Abstract

The development and diffusion of sustainable innovations are of interest to variety of actors, including actors from both public and private sectors. However, the mobilization of change in industry networks that can facilitate the commercialization of such innovations has remained an under-researched area. Therefore, this study examines what triggers the change in existing industry networks that facilitates the commercialization of a sustainable innovation. Qualitative research methods are employed to explore the research phenomenon of interest in the empirical context of food packaging, for which a new bio-based biodegradable plastic packaging material is introduced. As a result, this study identifies first-, second- and third-phase triggers that first create the emerging and then the growing market for the sustainable innovation. A multitude of connections exists between these triggers, but structural triggers in the first phase and agency triggers in the second phase are critical in making the transition to happen and new practices to emerge.

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Pages: 1 - 9
Host publication: Proceedings of the the 36th Annual IMP Conference, September 3-4. 2020. Virtual conference
Conference: Annual IMP Conference
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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Funding: The authors acknowledge financial support from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 792261 (NewPack project).
EU Grant Number: (792261) NEWPACK - Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics
Copyright information: © The Authors.