Innovation Management and Sustainability
Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter
Fujifilm is a leading innovator in the fields of biotechnology, energy & environment, medicine and membranes. For several years now, the company has been running the Fujifilm Challenge in cooperation with Dutch universities. This year, for the first time, the University of Oldenburg is also invited to participate with a team in the (online) Challenge. Students develop ideas for new and sustainable product applications. PIN also coaches the team in the phases of idea development and market testing.
The Challenge starts on October 1, 2020, the final will take place on December 10. This year, the Challenge will be held completely online for the first time. Information about the programme and registration options can be found here.
Existing business models often hinder organisations to become an integral part of circular value creation. In this paper, Hansen, Lüdeke-Freund and Fichter present a new take on circular business models which puts a) an actor’s position in the value cycle, b) the actor’s dominant circular strategy, and c) the service degree with which circular solutions are provided to the market at the core of business model design. The authors propose a typology with 22 actor-specific circular business model patterns.
As part of the "EXIST - Business Start-ups from Science" programme, Klaus Fichter recently gave an interview on innovative climate start-ups. Fichter emphasizes: "Every start-up should think about what contribution it can make to an even climate balance. Sustainability is a topic that concerns all founders. In the future, this could and should also have an impact on funding programmes by anchoring sustainability as an evaluation yardstick.
(The interview can be found on pages 55-57. On page 48 Fichter also comments on the financing of start-ups and the StartGreen Award).
The integration of sustainability in generic business plan competitions promotes a sustainable orientation of participating start-ups. This is shown by current research results from a new article by Klaus Fichter and Irina Tiemann, recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. In a study of over 1000 participants in the 2015 Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition, they found that context factors play an important role in the early (seed and start-up) phase of a new venture and can be designed to increase the degree of sustainability integration of participating start-ups. Read more in the article:
Over the past two years, PIN, together with its project partner Fresenius University Cologne, has worked intensively on the development of educational materials on the topic of corporate climate adaptation. The main idea was to integrate climate change and its entrepreneurial consequences as a challenge into various management approaches. At the end of the project, a comprehensive trainer package with moderation guidelines, slides and materials for the Climate Challenge is now available. The Climate Challenge is aimed at start-up teams and innovation managers of existing companies who want to subject their (new) business model to a "stress test" with regard to climate change. Trainers and moderators can get the cc-licensed material on our website.
If you would like to acquire background knowledge on the topic of "managing climate change" through self-study, you will find numerous tutorials created in the Climate LO project at the project partner Fresenius University.
Fichter, K. & Tiemann, I. (2020): Impacts of promoting sustainable entrepreneurship in generic business plan competitions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 267 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122076
Wagner, M., Schaltegger, S., Hansen, E.G.; Fichter, K. (2019). University-linked programmes for sustainable entrepreneurship and regional development: how and with what impact? Small Business Economics (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00280-4
Volkmann, C., Fichter, K., Klofsten, M. et al. (2019). Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems: an emerging field of research. Small Business Economics (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00253-7
Clausen, J. & Fichter, K. (2019). The diffusion of environmental product and service innovations: Driving and inhibiting factors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 31 (2019), 64-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2019.01.003
Tiemann, I.; Fichter, K. & Geier, J. (2018). University support systems for sustainable entrepreneurship: insights from explorative case studies. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.090983
Breuer, H.; Fichter, K.; Lüdeke-Freund, F. & Tiemann, I. (2018). Sustainability-oriented Business Model Development: Principles, Criteria, and Tools. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.10008388
K. Fichter & I. Tiemann (2017): Factors influencing university support for sustainable entrepreneurship: Insights from explorative case studies. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 175 (2018), 512 - 524.
N. Bank, K. Fichter & M. Klofsten (2017): Sustainability-profiled incubators and securing the inflow of tenants - the case of Green Garage Berlin. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 157 (2017), 76-83.
- Fichter, K., Hurrelmann, K., Seela, A., Hjelm, O., Larsson, M., Kanda, W., Sundberg, C., Stel, F. (2020). Guidelines for the evaluation of collaborative student-business venturing activities. Oldenburg: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
- Fichter, K., Hurrelmann, K., Seela, A., Hjelm, O., Larsson, M., Kanda, W., Sundberg, C., Stel, F. (2020). Report for Work Package 2: Evaluating leading approaches and tools in collaborative green venturing. Oldenburg: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
- Hurrelmann, K., Fichter, K., Seela, A. (2018). Climate-Challenge: Chancen und Risiken für Geschäftsmodelle in Zeiten des Klimawandels: Ein Trainerleitfaden. Oldenburg: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
- Tiemann, I. and Fichter, K. (2016). Developing business models with the Sustainable Business Canvas: Manual for Conducting Workshops. (Download)
- Flyer Sustainable Business Canvas (Download)