Call for Contributions: SDM’17 Session on “Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Design and Manufacturing”


Conference session on “Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Design and Manufacturing”

SDM’2017 | International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
Bologna, Italy | 26-28 April 2017

Conference website and submission details

 Session Call for Papers as PDF


Session Description

The aim of this session is to explore the diverse intersections of business models and business model innovation, representing primarily entrepreneurial and managerial concepts, and notions of sustainable design and manufacturing with their focus on how e.g. processes, products and services – production and consumption in general – can become more ecologically sound, long-lasting and also accessible for neglected social groups.

A selection criterion for relevant session contributions is that they provide a clear understanding of the business model concept, relate it to issues of sustainable design and manufacturing (general overviews of business models for sustainability can found in a recent Organization & Environment special issue), and provide clear recommendations for theory, business practice and policy making. Specific themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Normative values in business model innovation
  • Corporate governance structure innovation
  • The development of parallel, over-lapping or transitionary business models for existing business organisations
  • Business models and corporate strategy to enhance sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Sector case studies (e.g. single, multiple, comparative, longitudinal, cross-sectional)
  • Small scale business organisations and sustainable design and manufacturing
  • The role of government in nurturing and protecting innovative business models to enable sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Business models that directly translate paradigms such as cradle-to-cradle, industrial symbioses, industrial ecology, flourishing, design for sustainability
  • Examples of how ecological and social concerns can be addressed simultaneously
  • Studies that compare industrialised and developing countries and how these approach sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Managing business models for sustainable design and manufacturing along development, implementation, operation, assessment, scaling and revision
  • The role of information and communication technologies (ICT), such as internet-enabled platforms, for the development and diffusion of sustainable design and manufacturing

In this session the notion of sustainability may extend to e.g. issues of worker empowerment and job enrichment; locality; economic resilience; network structures in the distributed economy; the circular economy; and degrowth.

Important Dates

  • Submission of papers: 11 November 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 20 December 2016
  • Upload of camera ready publication files: 27 January 2017
  • Authors and Early registration: 27 January 2017

Contact, +44 (0)2920 875717

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