Business models and technology

We are exploring the proposition that reaching the innovative sustainability solutions of the future requires new ways of collaborating. We are interested in collaboration between multiple and diverse stakeholders, across different sectors, cultures and geographies.

We are studying the practices of organizations that take a facilitating role in bringing these diverse stakeholders together. For example an intermediary organization set out to organize the Tanzanian forest sector to reach both poverty reduction aims and industry aims, and a UN organization developing the global capacity to fostering local innovation.

We are facilitating and studying co-creation processes in the R&D phase of impact businesses: Between large companies, academia and start-ups doing impact business, between companies and external organisations.

We are designing and studying ways in which local communities can genuinely co-create new solutions in hierarchical cultures. Together with the city of Zanzibar, we are designing new housing to densify urban areas and exploring methods to genuinely co-create with the local community. In rural India, design action research is used to explore how users can contribute to the design of solar energy solutions.


Publisched scientific articles

Levänen, J., Hossain, M., Lyytinen, T., Hyvärinen, A., Numminen, S. and Halme, M. 2016. Implications of frugal innovations on sustainable development: Evaluation of water and energy innovations. Sustainability, volume 8(1).

Articles in progress

Incorporating circularity into business models: a comparative case study of institutional implications on recycling companies. Levänen, Lyytinen, Gatica (under review).

Bridging development and profit: How private sector businesses could take part in development in resource-constrained environments and make a profit? Focus on the water. To be submitted to Sustainability, special issue on Frugal Innovations and Sustainable Development Goals. Hyvärinen.

Modelling interconnected business models in the circular economy value chain: The story of portable batteries. Lyytinen, Levänen.

Sustainable Business Models of Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems: Two Resource-Scarce Approaches for Design and Manufacturing. Lyytinen.