Innovation Management and Sustainability
Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter
ISPIM – the International Society for Innovation Management – is THE forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of innovation. The yearly ISPIM conferences are a platform for science, industry, consulting and the public sector.
In 2020, the 31st ISPIM Conference will take place in Berlin from 7 - 10 June - co-hosted by Klaus Fichter & Borderstep Institute. As every year, the ISPIM Dissertation Award will be awarded to particularly groundbreaking scientific papers in the field of innovation management. Sketches can still be submitted until 24 January 2020.
Core topics are:
- Values-based Innovation Management
- Innovation Management to address the UN’s SDGs
- Sustainability-oriented Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Scaling strategies/Diffusion Polices for Environmental Innovation
- Impact measurement and sustainability assessment of start-ups
- Transition Strategies for Growing and Transforming Cities
In June 2020 the next conference of the European Acedemy of Management, the EURAM 2020, will take place in Dublin. Next year's theme will be The Business of Now: the future starts here. Scientists are invited to submit papers in one of 14 different Strategic Interest Groups (SIGs), one of which is titled "Innovation for Circularity, Green Technologies and Sustainability". Within this track, it is all about reframing ecological and societal challenges as opportunities for innovation.
Papers regarding topics such as Sustainability-Oriented Innovation (SOI), Circular innovation & Design, Green Technology and more related themes can be submitted via the EURAM 2020 Webseite until 14 January 2020. Guidelines for authors can be found here:
The „TEMPRO“ project studied the total life cycle of professional data centers
The "Total Energy Management for Professional Data Centers" (TEMPRO) project, which was successfully completed in October 2019, is dedicated to making more efficient use of energy and raw materials in data centers. Five commercial enterprises and three research partners spent three years researching the environmental impacts of data centers in this project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. New energy- and resource-saving technologies were jointly identified, evaluated and prototypically developed.
"The total energy requirements of data centers are rising very significantly. The increasing digitalization of economy and society requires more and more energy and natural resources," explains project manager Dr. Alexandra Pehlken. "We were able to calculate that the more than 50,000 data centers in Germany consumed 14 billion kWh of electricity in 2018. This is 2.7% of Germany's electricity consumption and almost 40% more than in 2010." Added to this is the so-called grey energy, which is generated during manufacturing and transport of the devices and systems installed in the data centers. "In TEMPRO, we were able to estimate this grey energy for Germany for the first time," says Pehlken, "this has created a basis for us to be able to assess the environmental impact of data centers holistically in the future."
The project with a total volume of around 3 million euros was funded with 2.2 million euros under the 6th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and was supervised by Project Management Jülich (PTJ). It was coordinated by Dr. Alexandra Pehlken at the University of Oldenburg.
For more information, please visit the TEMPRO website: https://tempro.uni-oldenburg.de/
See the press release here.
In an extensive online article, the the funding programme EXIST from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) reports on the importance of innovations which reduce emissions harmful to the climate or make climate change more bearable for humans and the environment. As an expert on environmentally oriented start-ups, Klaus Fichter is cited regarding the financing of green start-ups ventures. The full length article can be accessed here (German only):
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.
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.
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)