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About this book
About this book
As challenges such as demographic pressures, ethnic tensions, terrorism, global poverty, pandemics and abrupt climate change force their way into mainstream politics and business, so we see growing interest in innovation, entrepreneurial solutions and, critically, issues such as how to ensure successful solutions replicate and scale. Sustainable Innovation aims to illustrate that shift. Instead of simply focusing on environmental and technological matters, it views and evaluates innovation-for-sustainability in terms of the human, social and management challenges and responses.
It argues that a just, efficient and sustainable balancing of these elements is best achieved by the development of new knowledge, and by the evolution of better means both of embedding that emerging knowledge in organisations and institutions, and of managing the relevant flows of information, knowledge and wisdom. The book stresses that claims that a particular product, production process or service are sustainable usually assume that an appropriate balance has been achieved between people, planet and profit. However, calculating the sustainability of such things, let alone of complex systems such as enterprises or economies, can be impossible. Instead of `sustainability', the book favours the use of terms such as `making sustainable', emphasising that in dynamic operating environments organisational processes are changing constantly, whether or not they are under effective strategic control by management. Innovation, too, is dynamic by definition. Sustainable Innovation argues that there must be a constant focus on the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental value creation during the innovation process.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword John Elkington Preface Part A: Sustainable innovation: the organisational, human and knowledge dimension 1 Knowledge creation for sustainable innovation: the KCSI programme Rene J. Jorna 2 Innovation: many-headed and certainly important Rene J. Jorna and Jan Waalkens 3 Sustainability: from environment and technology to people and organisations Rene J. Jorna and Niels R. Faber 4 Levels of description, kinds of entities and systems Rene Jorna and Henk Hadders 5 Organisation: artefact and principle Rene J. Jorna and Laura Maruster 6 Knowledge as a basis for innovation: management and creation Rene J. Jorna Part B: Instruments and models 7 A method for the identification of stakeholders Janita F.J. Vos and Marjolein C. Achterkamp 8 A cognitive map of sustainability: a method for assessing mental images Derk Jan Kiewiet 9 Knowledge systems and reasoning with cases (and rules) Henk Hadders and Rene J. Jorna Part C: The organisational (business) projects 10 Biosoil: sustainable remediation Else J.M. Boutkan and Rene J. Jorna 11 KunstStoffenHuis and synthetics innovation within the small business sector Cees van Dijk, Koos Zagema and Han van Kasteren 12 Know what you're blending! a tool for a sustainable paper industry Niels Faber and Kristian Peters 13 Philips and the long road towards social sustainability Floortje Smit and Niels R. Faber 14 Knowledge systems for sustainable innovation of starch potato production: achieving more with less Niels R. Faber and Rob van Haren 15 Sustainability of knowledge within mental healthcare: knowledge infrastructure, knowledge management and learning Henk Hadders and Derk Jan Kiewiet 16 The University Medical Centre Groningen. Sustainable innovation in postgraduate medical education: a knowledge and learning approach Marjolein C. Achterkamp and Jan Pols 17 Grontmij: cooperation in the light of sustainability Janita F.J. Vos and Nico J. Rommes 18 Sociocracy and the sustainability of knowledge: Reekx, ATOL and Endenburg Elektrotechnics Rene J. Jorna and Nico Rommes Part D: Theory and practice: results from the organisational projects 19 The focus of innovation: what have we established? Rene J. Jorna 20 Business (organisational) practices: recurring themes of sustainability Rene J. Jorna 21 Business practice: recurring themes in and around knowledge Rene J. Jorna and Henk Hadders 22 Further steps towards a systematic perspective on sustainability Niels R. Faber, Rene J. Jorna and Jo van Engelen 23 Assessing and determining social sustainability: an onset and an attempt Niels R. Faber, Laura Maruster and Rene J. Jorna