New book on “Business Models for Sustainability” by Peter Wells

Peter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability at Cardiff Business School, has written the first monograph ever on “Business Models for Sustainability” (192 pages) which will soon be available via Edward Elgar Publishing. See the publisher’s description here.

According to this one very big online bookstore, Business Models for Sustainability will be available from 13th October 2013 (in Germany).

The book is described as follows:

“With increasing awareness that innovative technology alone is insufficient to make sustainable lifestyles a reality, this book brings into sharp focus the need to create radical new business models. This insightful book provides a theoretically grounded but also realistic account of how the design of business models can be a critical component in the overall transition to sustainability, and one that transcends the usual focus on innovative technology. Weaving together key principles and components for business sustainability, the book highlights five very different pathways to the future for sectors ranging from microbreweries and printing through to clothing, mobility and plastics. Business has only just started the first few tentative steps towards a very different approach to creating and sustaining value, but this book concludes that enormous opportunities will emerge alongside new ways of creating and capturing value. Academics and postgraduate students in the fields of sustainable business, business organisations and industrial ecology will find this book brings a greater understanding of business strategy and structure to the discipline. While traditionally referenced and structured, this academic book is accessibly written with key principles that may also appeal to the consultant community.” (Source: Edward Elgar Publishing)


1. Business models and sustainability (1-21)

2. Business models: a broad perspective (22-42)

3. Examples of business model innovation in general practice (43-62)

4. The principles and components of business models for sustainability (63-89)

5. Case study sectors for business models for sustainability (90-132)

6. Conclusions (133-144)

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