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Doing business model innovation for sustainability transitions — bringing in strategic foresight and human centred design

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Title: Doing business model innovation for sustainability transitions — bringing in strategic foresight and human centred design
Authors: Hall, S
Workman, M
Hardy, J
Mazur, C
Anable, J
Powell, M
Wagner, SM
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This paper brings together socio-technical transitions theory with strategic foresight and human centred design. The aim is to bring in new methods for analysing the business model element of sustainability transitions. We propose a process for doing business model innovation work. Business models have become a key area of focus, particularly in the energy sector. Recent work shows how the development of new business models co-evolves with elements of the energy system, either driving technological innovation, changing user practices or placing pressure on the institutional or policy regime. At the same time, there is no recognised process for business model research aimed at transition management. It is time therefore to propose a more formalised and theoretically grounded approach to business model innovation work. We use this contribution to synthesise the lessons of a four-year research project centred on energy utility business models with industrial, commercial and government stakeholders. We describe the process adopted, and insights this process generated. We seek to establish this process in the literature, invite others to utilise it, adapt it and critique it.
Issue Date: Aug-2022
Date of Acceptance: 27-May-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/97711
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102685
ISSN: 2214-6296
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Start Page: 102685
End Page: 102685
Journal / Book Title: Energy Research & Social Science
Volume: 90
Copyright Statement: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Keywords: 1604 Human Geography
1605 Policy and Administration
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221462962200189X
Article Number: 102685
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