Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Heidi Blankenship; Viktor Kulhavý; Jonas Lagneryd , pp. 62. TEK/avd. för maskinteknik, 2007.

The work

Författare / Author: Heidi Blankenship, Viktor Kulhavý, Jonas Lagneryd
Titel / Title: Introducing Strategic Sustainable Development in a business incubator
Abstrakt Abstract:

This qualitative action research explores integration of Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) at Inova business incubator (Karlstad, Sweden). Researchers and incubator agreed that planning with sustainability in mind at a very early stage of company development may have important impacts on future business success and societal welfare.
The objective was to answer how SSD could be integrated into the processes at Inova and how Inova staff’s and entrepreneurs’ understanding of sustainability demonstrably evolve after exposure to SSD.
Apart from general research methods, SSD methods and tools were used with three entrepreneurs and business incubator staff. The Five Level Framework for Planning and Decision-making in complex systems and the Templates for Sustainable Product Development approach were central to the study.
Inova staff and entrepreneurs began to develop; an understanding of business’ dependence on and relationship to broader societal and ecological systems; and an ability to use backcasting from the basic socio-ecological principles of sustainability in business planning. In turn they experienced an increased capacity to identify sustainability related business risks and opportunities.
A new incubation process integrating SSD was created. Although the outcome is specific to Inova, it is general enough for other assistance organizations to gain insight from. In conclusion, SSD should be integrated as early as possible in the business planning of start up companies. Organizations with a mission of assisting entrepreneurs have an important role to play
In further research it is recommended that visionary sustainability leaders are identified and tracked from start up.

Ämnesord / Subject: Hållbar utveckling - Sustainability\General
Hållbar utveckling - Sustainability\Strategic Planning
Hållbar utveckling - Sustainability\Business
Nyckelord / Keywords: sustainability, entrepreneurship, business incubator, TSPD, strategic sustainable development

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 06/04/2007
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: D-Uppsats/Magister/Master

Context

Handledare / Supervisor: Sophie Byggeth
sophie.byggeth@bth.se
Examinator / Examiner: Pong Leung
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: TEK/avd. för maskinteknik
S-371 41 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00