Business model innovation for eco-innovation: developing a boundary-spanning business model of an ecosystem integrator

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Abstract

Biogas production and its use as traffic fuel are discussed in this chapter as an example of a system eco-innovation that is struggling to become implemented in a focal municipality. The biogas producer and distributor as the owner of the “core technology” have the potential to become the integrator of a functioning ecosystem required for the innovation to succeed. The company’s business model, however, should be transformed to incorporate the radical and system nature of the eco-innovation as well as create a business solution that would make the technology profitable. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate how an ecosystem integrator can develop a boundary-spanning business model that is capable of integrating the multitude of stakeholders into a working biogas-for-traffic solution, thereby achieving a system change. The chapter is based on the results of two research projects during which a sustainable local biogas-for-traffic solution and the business model of the ecosystem integrator were developed together with the major ecosystem stakeholders. The main principle of developing such a business model lies in considering business models of the relevant stakeholders and managing uncertainties pertinent to their integration into the biogas-for-traffic ecosystem.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationEco-Innovation and the Development of Business Models
EditorsSusana Garrido Azevedo, Marcus Brandenburg, Helena Carvalho, Virgílio Cruz-Machado
PublisherSpringer
Pages221–241
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-05077-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-05076-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Keywords

  • Biogas
  • Boundary-spanning business model
  • Eco-innovation
  • Ecosystem integrator

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