Business management and practice
The research on ‘sustainable business’ is conducted in collaboration with companies, governmental authorities and other societal actors such as NGOs in an international as well as Swedish context. Based on the conviction that the transition towards sustainable development requires both changes in business practice and institutional context, we research circular economy, sustainable business models, approaches to support industry transitions, corporate sustainability strategies and action, and the nexus of corporate action, standards and public policy. The focus is on identifying ways to significantly reduce the resource use and carbon footprint associated with business.
The Sustainable Business theme has the vision to develop tools, methods and approaches to guide business and other societal actors in the transition to a sustainable society. We aim to develop innovative research approaches to help guide the experimentation and roll-out of new technologies and sustainable business development and practice. Within this, we explore solutions for a broad spectrum of organisations, ranging from early stage startups, SMEs and multinationals, to non-profits and new and evolving organisational forms such as hybrid organisations (e.g. B-corporations), thus focusing on entrepreneurial as well as intrapreneurial approaches. We connect this work to research on policy making and analysis. We collaborate closely with the Sustainable Urban Governance, Sustainable Consumption, and Policy themes.
- Research coordinator: Professor Nancy Bocken
- IIIEE researchers: Carl Dalhammar, Beatrice Kogg, Julia L.K. Nussholz, Steven Curtis, Håkan Rodhe, Kathrine Whalen, Åke Thidell, Jessika Luth Richter, Jagdeep Singh, Heather Schoonover, Lars Strupeit
Current research projects:
CIRCUSOL stands for “Circular Business Models for the Solar Power Industry”. It is an Innovation Action project funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. It brings together 15 partners from 7 European countries to develop and demonstrate business solutions for circular economy in the solar power sector. CIRCUSOL started in June 2018 and will run for 4 years.