Author Archives: nancybocken

PLATE (Product Lifetimes and the Environment) Conference 8-10 Nov 2017 Delft, Netherlands

The 2nd PLATE conference will be hosted from 8-10th November 2017 at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Value mapping tool for Sustainable Business Modelling – Guides for facilitators

The Value Mapping Tool was developed to assist in ‘sustainable business modelling’ – the process of inventing new sustainable business model ideas. The process of using the tool, and the terminology of value captured, value missed, value destroyed and new value opportunities were introduced in the first journal paper and earlier conference paper about the value mapping tool. By […]

Papers in Brief (VIII): Geissdoerfer, Bocken & Hultink (2016): Design Thinking to Enhance the Sustainable Business Modelling Process

[Note: This is the eigth post in our “Papers in Brief” series. This series offers a special service as it explains the core ideas of chosen research papers in a nutshell.] Papers in Brief (VIII) by Martin Geissdoerfer and Nancy Bocken  Geissdoerfer M.; Bocken N. & Hultink H. (2016): Design thinking to enhance the sustainable […]


The new book Circular Business – Collaborate and Circulate explains how you can establish a successful circular business. The three authors – Christiaan Kraaijenhagen, Cécile van Oppen and Nancy Bocken – are working in the area of sustainability and aim to close the gap between theory and practice in the circular economy. In the book, […]

Sustainable Design & Manufacturing conference, Seville, 12-14 April 2015

Dear All! Just writing you to notify you about an opportunity. If you still have short papers that you would like to present at a conference, I am running a special session on “sustainable business models” at the Sustainable Design & Manufacturing conference in Seville 12-14 April this year. Apparently, I can still allow papers to this […]

Special issue “Industrial Ecology as a Source of Competitive Advantage”

How could the biggest sugar refiner in the UK become the biggest tomato grower as well? Over the past three decades, British Sugar has systematically identified ways to turn waste streams and emissions from their sugar production processes into useful and positive inputs to new product lines. Their main business is still sugar, but the business model has […]

Sufficiency based sustainable business model innovations – towards a typology

Dear SBM community, I just wrote a brief piece on my personal blog in preparation for a conference I am attending in June! It is an extension on the previous blog on sufficiency based sustainable business models: Sufficiency based sustainable business models seek to reduce consumption and, as a result, production. The focus is on influencing consumption […]

Sustainable Business Model Archetype – Sufficiency-Based Business Model

What might sustainable business models  look like? The ‘sufficiency-based business model’ is about solutions that actively seek to reduce consumption and production: what if we bought less, bought stuff that lasts long, and looked after our stuff?  What if businesses made it possible for its customers to do this?  The proverb ‘I am not rich enough to […]